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Global leaders called for public and private entities to adopt policies reducing global waste and promoting circularity in speeches during the United Nations’ first International Zero Waste Day on Thursday.
U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres cited research from U.N.-Habitat, that found that the world generated 2.4 billion tons of MSW in 2018 and could near 4 billion tons of MSW by 2050 without intervention.
“We are making a mess of our world. It’s time to clean up. Let us work as one to build a circular, zero waste future for people and planet,” Guterres said in an address before the U.N. General Assembly in New York.