Which cities recycle the most on earth? (Infographic + Video)

As Urban populations grow, cities are adapting and changing for a greener future. Cities across the globe are increasing their effort to recycle, but who is trying the hardest? We’ve put together in an infographic with the top cities around the world who recycle the most and how they’re working towards a brighter future.

As I’ve written before, waste is not just an issue in the United States. That’s because it’s a global problem. One that is also being addressed. All by recycling programs also around the world. Yet only a few countries have really cleaned up their acts. That means their recycling rate increased. That’s for example Switzerland and Austria. For their recycling rate is around 50% of their waste.

However, many countries have a lot of room for improvement. For example, Romania. They send about 99% of their waste to landfills. And also just 5% of the world’s population produces about 40% of the total waste.

Here are the facts:

  1. Just 5% of the Earth’s population produces 40% of the Earth’s waste.
  2. The global recycling industry employs over 1.5 million people, making it a $160 billion a year industry!

  3. Switzerland also has the highest recycling rate in the world. That’s with over 52% of its waste getting recycled. Austria comes in a close second with a recycling rate of 49.7%.

Source: Expedia Canada

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The Green Living Guy, Seth Leitman is a green living expert, celebrity and Editor of the McGraw-Hill, TAB Green Guru Guides. Seth is also an Author, Radio Host, Reporter, Writer and a Environmental Consultant on green living. The Green Living Guy writes about green living, green lighting, the green guru guides and more. Seth's books range from: # Build Your Own Electric Vehicle by Bob Brant and Seth Leitman (2nd and 3rd editions) # Build Your Own Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle by Seth Leitman # Build Your Own Electric Motorcycle by Carl Vogel # Green Lighting by Seth Leitman, Brian Clark Howard and Bill Brinsky # Solar Power For Your Home by David Findley # Renewable Energies For Your Home by Russel Gehrke # Do-it-Yourself Home Energy Audits by David Findley # Build Your Own Small Wind Power System by Brian Clark Howard and Kevin Shea # and more green living books to follow.

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