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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


Mar 25, 2017 Kyriaki P
Mar 25, 2017 Alice VanKoevering
Mar 25, 2017 linda farrar
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Mar 25, 2017 susan foley
Mar 23, 2017 Janet Edwards
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Mar 20, 2017 William Sherman
Mar 20, 2017 Miriam Feehily
Mar 19, 2017 Carla Torti
Mar 18, 2017 Mary Sullins
Mar 16, 2017 Dorothy Kroger Our family has composted for years.
Mar 11, 2017 Bambi Magie
Mar 11, 2017 Sigfrido Losada Torreiro
Mar 10, 2017 Carol Blissing
Mar 10, 2017 Corey Williams
Mar 9, 2017 Alicia .L. Denofrio
Mar 9, 2017 Rolande Gay
Mar 8, 2017 Henriette Matthijssen I compost everything I can at home! It feeds my garden nutrients that is lacking in the soil to grow good healthy gardens. So much is wasted to the landfill!
Mar 8, 2017 Barbara Holdredge
Mar 8, 2017 susan rooke I have composted food waste since my early 30's. Now the city I live in will have compost cans so that we can also compost leaves, branches, pine needles etc. It is finally here and I am thrilled.
Mar 8, 2017 MichaEl Wittmann
Mar 7, 2017 Joanne Montgomery
Mar 6, 2017 juliet textor
Mar 6, 2017 Robyn Little
Mar 3, 2017 Sue Hickford
Mar 1, 2017 Garry Lough
Feb 27, 2017 Robin Topete
Feb 26, 2017 Cristina da Cruz
Feb 26, 2017 jeff hopkins
Feb 26, 2017 Lola Schiefelbein
Feb 26, 2017 labarre Paola
Feb 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 25, 2017 ARIANNE CUSTER
Feb 25, 2017 Elaine Green
Feb 24, 2017 EJ Frost
Feb 24, 2017 Patricia Poole komposting is wonderful. You learn alot by composting and the ground is fertilized naturally. Only thing to be careful is that a compost pile can attract rats. Putting coffee grounds and tea bags deters them somewhat!!!
Feb 24, 2017 Marie Hernandes
Feb 23, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 23, 2017 YANEL RAMIREZ
Feb 21, 2017 Annam Fisher
Feb 20, 2017 Brooke Goodhue
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Feb 19, 2017 de car
Feb 19, 2017 Dulcie Camp
Feb 18, 2017 Margherita Pinto
Feb 18, 2017 Kelly Davidson
Feb 17, 2017 Melissa Suarez

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