For most countries, data on total waste in place are not available and have to be developed from waste generation rates. The total annual waste generation rate (Tg/yr) is obtained by multiplying MSW rates with population data. The following are the coefficients. Per capita MSW generation rates range from 1.7 to 1.9 kg/day for the U.S. and Canada. Per capita MSW generation rates in other developed countries are about 1.2 kg/day. For developing countries, rates are about 0.8 kg/day for urban, and 0.3 kg/day for rural areas.
When the urge to give flowers takes you, choose a potted plant from a local supplier. A lot of exotic flowers are grown in greenhouses great distances away. Aside from the issue of transport, there can be high social and environmental costs. For example, in Colombia, the flower industry uses enormous quantities of polluting pesticides, and in Kenya, horticulture requires a lot of water which reduces local water resources. As an alternative ask your flower shop for Fairtrade or organically produced flowers.
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