Special Report

Countries That Produce the Most Waste

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21. Israel
> MSW minus recycled and composted per capita per day: 2.9 pounds
> Total annual MSW: 11.90 billion pounds
> Total annual recycled and/or composted MSW: 2.98 billion pounds recycled
> Population: 8,380,100 (93 out of 217)
> GDP per capita in 2018: $33,661 (38 out of 217)

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20. Macao SAR, China
> MSW minus recycled and composted per capita per day: 3.0 pounds
> Total annual MSW: 833.22 million pounds
> Total annual recycled and/or composted MSW: 167.89 million pounds recycled
> Population: 612,167 (166 out of 217)
> GDP per capita in 2018: $108,831 (2 out of 217)

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19. Brunei Darussalam
> MSW minus recycled and composted per capita per day: 3.0 pounds
> Total annual MSW: 476.76 million pounds
> Total annual recycled and/or composted MSW: 9.54 million pounds composted
> Population: 423,196 (172 out of 217)
> GDP per capita in 2018: $71,802 (5 out of 217)

18. Montenegro
> MSW minus recycled and composted per capita per day: 3.0 pounds
> Total annual MSW: 731.93 million pounds
> Total annual recycled and/or composted MSW: 39.67 million pounds recycled
> Population: 622,159 (165 out of 217)
> GDP per capita in 2018: $17,278 (75 out of 217)

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17. Hong Kong SAR, China
> MSW minus recycled and composted per capita per day: 3.1 pounds
> Total annual MSW: 12.52 billion pounds
> Total annual recycled and/or composted MSW: 4.26 billion pounds recycled
> Population: 7,305,700 (98 out of 217)
> GDP per capita in 2018: $57,322 (12 out of 217)