2050Today - Climate Action

Waste Management

Climate action on Waste Management

The production of waste has increased massively around the world in recent decades. By 2050, global municipal solid waste production will have risen from 2 to 3.4 billion tons, according to a World Bank report. This trend is due to a number of factors, including population growth, urbanisation, economic growth and consumer purchasing habits. Less than 20% of waste is recycled each year, and huge quantities are still sent to landfills. Poorly managed waste pollutes the oceans, clogs sewers, transmits diseases, increases respiratory problems, harms animals that eat it by mistake, and affects economic development, particularly through reduced tourism.

Switzerland produces 80 to 90 million tons of waste per year. The construction and transportation sectors account for 9/10 of the waste produced. Municipal waste (7%) has been rising steadily and amounted to over 6 million tons in 2021, equivalent to 698 kg per person.

In the Canton of Geneva, waste sorting is compulsory for everyone: households, businesses, autonomous public establishments and public authorities. The Canton’s objective is to reduce incinerable waste by 25% by 2025 and to achieve 80% sorting of recoverable waste.

Waste Management Objectives

The 2050Today Charter recommends institutions to take action towards the following Waste Management objectives when defining their action plan.

1. Avoiding waste at source

2. Improving circularity for an enhanced use of resources

The topics addressed are based on the recommendations of the Geology, Soil and Waste Service, Cantonal Environment Office, Department of the Territor.

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