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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


Jun 18, 2018 Shelby Fry
Jun 13, 2018 Julia Schebach
Jun 7, 2018 Val Laurent
Jun 7, 2018 Stacey Lightfoot
Jun 5, 2018 Louisa Gauerke
Jun 5, 2018 Lynne Minore
Jun 2, 2018 Margery Hughes
Jun 1, 2018 Susan Fisher
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May 30, 2018 Catherine Williams
May 29, 2018 Haroldo Widmann
May 21, 2018 Aliyah Khan
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May 16, 2018 Danuta Baziuk
May 16, 2018 Lynn Mattson
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May 14, 2018 Donna Delin
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May 10, 2018 Diane Taylor
May 2, 2018 John and Rose Martin
Apr 29, 2018 Patricia DeLuca
Apr 28, 2018 Marilyn Mason
Apr 26, 2018 Teresa Rust
Apr 24, 2018 Deborah Boychuk
Apr 16, 2018 Ms. Carla Compton, Advocate/Activist/Human
Apr 16, 2018 Janvie Cason
Apr 16, 2018 Alysa Waring
Apr 16, 2018 Andrey Yushchenko
Apr 14, 2018 Patty Holicky
Apr 13, 2018 Susan Hodgson
Apr 12, 2018 Fatima Raza
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Apr 10, 2018 Lisa vasta
Apr 5, 2018 Sieglinda Du Preez
Apr 4, 2018 virginia green
Apr 4, 2018 Cassandra Santiago
Mar 30, 2018 Heather Tausig
Mar 30, 2018 Alana Hendrickson
Mar 30, 2018 Vicki Hambrick
Mar 28, 2018 (Name not displayed) I've been composting for years. I can't imagine having thrown all that valuable waste away! If this could be done on a wide scale, the benefits would be tremendous.
Mar 28, 2018 Barbara Tomlinson
Mar 26, 2018 Connie Tate
Mar 26, 2018 Kaley Bill
Mar 23, 2018 Lesley Adamson
Mar 22, 2018 Janet Magdaleno
Mar 22, 2018 Aron Gamman
Mar 22, 2018 Kathy Jones
Mar 22, 2018 Andrea Greenaway
Mar 18, 2018 (Name not displayed) might help our trash landfill problem!
Mar 17, 2018 John Moszyk

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