#BlackFriday_ the impact of waste to our planet_Wasteland

Photo by Kadir van Lohuizen / NOOR

On America's most wasteful weekend, #BlackFriday, we look back at the impact of waste to our planet with Kadir van Lohuizen's project Wasteland in the Washington Post. The world generates at least 3.5 million tons of solid waste a day, 10 times the amount a century ago, according to World Bank researchers. On average, Americans throw away their own body weight in trash every month.

 Nigeria, Lagos, 27 January 2017

A man carries a huge back of pet bottles collected for recycling at the Olusosun landfill.
The Olusosun landfill in Lagos receives between 3-5000 tons per day and is about 45 ha in size. About 5000 scavengers work here and often also live. They collect anything that is recyable like plastics, textiles, electronics, paper etc. The problem is that the landfill is full and the city wants to close it down. The question is where it will go, there are no incinerators and the infrastructure to formally recycle is lacking. There is one other landfill, but it needs to close as well.

Remarkable is that the landfills in Lagos smell less compared to other landfills in the world: Nigerians throw away less food, because they either finish their plate or feed it to the animals.

Kadir van Lohuizen / NOOR