Total MSW generation and MSW generation per capita

Issue: Ver.1, March 2013

MSW (municipal solid waste) generation and MSW generation per capita refer to indicators of environmental pressures humankind exerts on the environment (OECD, 2003), and by extension, environmental pressures caused by the use of natural resources. Currently, 340 million tons of MSW is generated a year in South Asia, East Asia and the Pacific Region, 26% of the world total, and this is expected to rise to about 888 million tons by 2025 (World Bank, 2012). MSW generation is a fundamental indicator since municipalities usually prepare annual budgets on MSW management based on annual MSW generation (collection). Thus, MSW generation should be reliable data.

Kousuke Kawai
Tomohiro Tasaki