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This map shows the production of flammable, oxidising, infectious, radioactive, poisonous, ecotoxic (poisonous to plants/animals), or corrosive waste. The three biggest producers are the Russian Federation, United States and Uzbekistan.

Data exists for 68% of the Middle East population; similar rates are assumed for the 32% with missing data. Not including estimates, the Middle East still produces the largest quantities. In contrast, Southern Asia, Asia Pacific, and Central Africa produce low proportions of hazardous waste.

The territories that produce this waste may send it to be managed elsewhere. This waste is sometimes generated when producing goods for export.

"One of the world’s poorest countries is having to pay for the recovery, shipment and decontamination of toxic waste originally produced thousands of miles away in the industrialised world ..." Nick Nuttall, 2007

Territory size shows the proportion of all hazardous waste worldwide that is generated there.


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