United Nations
Environment Programme

WASTE: The Cost of Inaction

It is 5-10 times cheaper to manage waste now in an environmentally sound manner, than to clean up in future years

Public health impacts of uncollected waste

• Gastrointestinal and respiratory infections, particularly in children

• Blocked drains aggravate floods and spread infectious disease

Environmental impacts of open dumping and burning

• Severe land pollution, freshwater, groundwater and sea pollution

• Local air pollution and climate change

Economic Impacts of uncollected waste

• Lost Productivity and unemployment aggravation

• Damage to businesses and Tourism sector

 

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