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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, in 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


May 29, 2017 Janet Pickard
May 29, 2017 Anita Coolidge
May 28, 2017 Paula Warner
May 28, 2017 Alison Grugle
May 28, 2017 Justina Lane
May 28, 2017 Pauline Berg
May 28, 2017 Marie Geerings
May 27, 2017 Axa Tolonen
May 25, 2017 Steve Conrad
May 21, 2017 Ms. Carla Compton, Activist/Advocate
May 20, 2017 James Deschene
May 20, 2017 Shirley Troia
May 16, 2017 erek king
May 16, 2017 Alyssa Walls
May 16, 2017 Baylee Markwell
May 15, 2017 Cindy Hoffer
May 11, 2017 sjef jansen
May 10, 2017 Lix Tuls lixl0000000@gmail.com
May 9, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 9, 2017 Maureen Duthie it just makes sense to compost
May 6, 2017 David Friedman
May 4, 2017 Valerie Sanderson
May 1, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 1, 2017 Dr Sandra Schneider
May 1, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 27, 2017 Jennifer Hale
Apr 25, 2017 Christina Hearns
Apr 24, 2017 Elise Buffie
Apr 23, 2017 Ann Umland
Apr 21, 2017 Nicholas Lee
Apr 19, 2017 Freya Harris
Apr 18, 2017 Sammy Jo Arneson
Apr 17, 2017 Makise Chika
Apr 16, 2017 Lanette Norris
Apr 14, 2017 Victoria Joslin
Apr 14, 2017 Natasha Jenkins
Apr 11, 2017 Thao Vu
Apr 9, 2017 I. meszaros
Apr 8, 2017 Anne-Marie Battaglia
Apr 6, 2017 Lorna Aynbinder
Apr 5, 2017 Lens Lucas
Apr 5, 2017 Jacqueline Lamoureux
Apr 5, 2017 Suzi Hokanson
Apr 3, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 3, 2017 Julia McGovern
Apr 3, 2017 Marla Harrod
Apr 3, 2017 Kara Walmsley
Apr 3, 2017 Deborah Lill
Apr 2, 2017 Holly Groach
Mar 31, 2017 Tim Young

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