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Tensions over trash exports to Asia heap pressure on companies

Report warns of costs and reputational risks as countries reject shipments

Countries that produce less waste have been forced to handle trash shipped in from elsewhere, triggering diplomatic disputes.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- A simmering global waste crisis is threatening to boil over, as advanced economies generate more than their share of trash and emerging Asian countries tire of being treated like the world's landfills. Companies, a British consultancy has warned, will have to face up to the problem or risk damage to their reputations.

The U.S. produces the most garbage per capita, according to the latest edition of the Waste Generation Index, released earlier this month by the U.K.'s Verisk Maplecroft. The index tracks the rates at which countries turn out municipal solid waste, plastics, food and hazardous material.

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