Investigate the charts showing data from 20 countries on producing waste and recycling from WasteAtlas.

The first chart shows the amount of waste produced by the top 20 waste producing countries in the world. Look at the data and have a go at answering these questions:

  • Which five countries produce the most waste? Why do you think this might be?
  • Can you find these countries on a world map?
  • Does anything surprise you about this list?
  • Why do you think the top three countries produce so much more waste than the others?

The second chart looks at the top 20 countries which are best at recycling.

  • Which countries appear on the recycling chart but not on the waste chart?
  • Do any countries appear on both charts?

Make up three more questions with the answers to ask someone in your household.