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In 1976, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was put in charge of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act which governs the disposal of solid and hazardous waste in the United States. Over the years, this important piece of legislation has seen many changes. Now, it's time for a new amendment.

Organic material like food scraps are currently piling up in America's landfills, rotting and producing methane, a greenhouse gas 25 times more powerful than carbon dioxide. According to the EPA, landfills are the third-largest source of methane in the U.S., behind industry and agriculture.

It doesn't have to be this way, though.

Across the country, cities have taken the initiative to implement mandatory composting and are experiencing environmental and economic benefits. Composting puts organic material to good use, as composing produces nutrient-rich fertilizer instead of generating methane. This can help stop or even reverse the fact that one-third of the world's arable land has been lost to soil erosion. A nation-wide system consisting of many small, local or regional operations would also help create sustainable, eco-friendly jobs across the country.

Composting isn't just a question of leaving table scraps separate for garbage collectors, however. Currently, the United States, 71% of composting facilities are dedicated only to yard trimmings, infrastructure inadequate and unprepared to handle food waste. Lack of funding has halted much of the progress made in the 1990s towards the creation or expansion of more composting facilities, and this has to change if a national composting program is to become a reality.

Clearly, composting is as civil leaders like New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg say, the "final recycling frontier." We need the leadership of the EPA to tackle the proper management of compostable organic material.

Call on the EPA to amend the 1976 Resource Conservation and Recovery Act to include mandatory composting collection of food scraps and other compostable materials and to collaborate with state and local governments to address the severe lack of funding and composting facilities equipped to receive and process food waste.

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To the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency,

New York's Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, has called composting the city's "final recycling frontier." I am writing to ask that you use your position of power and authority to create a new program for composting food waste on a national scale.

To help sustain our planet, we simply cannot afford to continue throwing away our food scraps. As you are probably aware, as food rots in landfills, it creates dangerous methane gas, a greenhouse gas 25 times more powerful than carbon dioxide. According to the EPA, landfills are the third-largest source of methane in the U.S., behind industry and agriculture.

Across the country, cities have taken the initiative to implement mandatory composting and are experiencing environmental and economic benefits. Composting puts organic material to good use, as composing produces nutrient-rich fertilizer instead of generating methane. This can help stop or even reverse the fact that one-third of the world's arable land has been lost to soil erosion. A nation-wide system consisting of many small, local or regional operations would also help create sustainable, eco-friendly jobs across the country.

Operations like these have proven large-scale composting operations can and do work.

Composting isn't just a question of leaving table scraps separate for garbage collectors, however. Currently, the United States, 71% of composting facilities are dedicated only to yard trimmings, infrastructure inadequate and unprepared to handle food waste. Lack of funding has halted much of the progress made in the 1990s towards the creation or expansion of more composting facilities, and this has to change if a national composting program is to become a reality.

Please, amend the 1976 Resource Conservation and Recovery Act to include mandatory composting collection of food scraps and other compostable materials and collaborate with state and local governments to address the severe lack of funding and composting facilities equipped to receive and process food waste.

The United States needs the leadership and vision of the EPA to tackle the proper management of compostable organic material. It can be done. Indeed, for the health of our country and planet, it must be done.

Thank you,

Petition Signatures


Jul 16, 2018 Darcy Macconnell
Jul 16, 2018 Timothy Lippert
Jul 16, 2018 Jennifer Gindt
Jul 16, 2018 Cara Russo
Jul 16, 2018 Lisa North Composting is easy to do and beneficial but not everyone has the room to do their own composting. Community collection points like recycle centers benefits everyone since not just citizens can join in but businesses as well.
Jul 16, 2018 Tatiana Mejia
Jul 16, 2018 M Bradburn
Jul 16, 2018 Karlene Gunter
Jul 16, 2018 LESLIE SUTLIFF
Jul 16, 2018 Claire Oakes
Jul 16, 2018 Linda Gibson
Jul 16, 2018 Emily Nolan
Jul 16, 2018 Lisa Delabre
Jul 16, 2018 Tim Sunlake
Jul 16, 2018 Patrick Cooley
Jul 16, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 16, 2018 Anne James
Jul 16, 2018 donna logan
Jul 16, 2018 Michael Scheuer
Jul 16, 2018 wuri wijaya
Jul 16, 2018 fenny wiwi
Jul 16, 2018 René FONTAINE
Jul 16, 2018 Loreto Fillat de Acosta
Jul 15, 2018 Chris Hazynski
Jul 15, 2018 Janet Delaney
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Jul 15, 2018 Kelsy Steiner
Jul 15, 2018 Michele Charnow
Jul 15, 2018 Coeli Smith
Jul 15, 2018 Donald Garlit
Jul 15, 2018 Nancy Orhun
Jul 15, 2018 Cynthia Arneson
Jul 15, 2018 Joseph Tanke We have to use available solutions to problems, and this is one of them.
Jul 15, 2018 Kimberly Wiley
Jul 15, 2018 Mika Stonehawk
Jul 15, 2018 Joann Koch
Jul 15, 2018 Pam Rossi
Jul 15, 2018 Maria Charlier
Jul 15, 2018 Jamie Morvitz
Jul 15, 2018 Diane Wilson
Jul 15, 2018 Tom Sunlake
Jul 15, 2018 Elizabeth Ladiana
Jul 15, 2018 Dennis Kreiner
Jul 15, 2018 rza rza
Jul 15, 2018 Mariam Andalibi
Jul 15, 2018 brad fashbaugh
Jul 15, 2018 Marianella Torres
Jul 15, 2018 Patricia Hadeed
Jul 15, 2018 Loraine Lindsey
Jul 15, 2018 Louise Blume

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