AHS-P3-8. Waste in China

Sofia Jimenez1, 2
Katie McCaslin3
D’nasia Thompson3
Faculty Mentor: Kimberly Nehls, Ph.D.1
1Lee Business School, Department of Marketing and International Business
2College of Liberal Arts, Department of Psychology
3Lee Business School, Department of Accounting

With a world full of inescapable garbage, how much is the emerging country of China producing and should the globe be concerned? As the most populous country in the world, China accounted for over 15% of the earth’s waste volume in 2020. China has the biggest share of waste in the world, but is it enough for other countries to intervene?

Higher levels of greenhouse gas in the earth’s atmosphere change its climate and some of these gases are linked to solid waste. These changes can result in more frequent, dangerous natural disasters (floods, hurricanes, mass species extinction, disease, etc.) and could damage communities all over.


Nov 15 - 19 2021


All Day


AHS: Poster Session 3
The Office of Undergraduate Research


The Office of Undergraduate Research


One Reply to “AHS-P3-8. Waste in China”

  1. Hi team!
    It is shocking to hear that the United States produces four times the amount of waste that China produces per capita. I believe that many assume that China is so much more wasteful or careless, only because they have a larger population. I appreciate the time that you took to leave recommendations for this crisis around how waste production is affecting our world. I completely agree that both children and adults do need more education and resources regarding healthier and smarter waste management skills. I personally believe that many people here in the U.S. do not understand the different forms of waste management that are at our fingertips. For example, the recycle bins that many of us incorporate separate from our trash bins, have extremely strict specifications that I’m sure many do not follow. I also believe that most people who are not following these recycling guidelines do not even know that they are doing so improperly. Education and information regarding waste management is a huge step for us to take! Thank you for taking the time to address this topic.

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