State of the Environment and Conservation in the Pacific Islands: 2020 Regional Report: Indicators 28-29 - Per capita generation of municipal solid waste
The regionally endorsed Cleaner Pacific 2025 strategy set a target for the performance indicator Per capita generation of municipal solid waste of 1.3 kilograms or less per person per day by 2020. The Pacific countries and territories have estimated waste production below this target, with the exception of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, French Polynesia, Guam, Palau, Tonga, and Vanuatu (Fig. 28.1). However, 16 countries and territories have estimated waste generation rates near or above the global average of 0.74 kilograms per day (Kaza et al. 2018 ), with far fewer resources to safely manage and dispose of this waste.