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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


Jul 25, 2017 Rosie Albanese
Jul 24, 2017 Kerry Gunby I've been composting for years!
Jul 23, 2017 April Kinsella
Jul 23, 2017 Jim Spooner
Jul 23, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 23, 2017 P Garbett
Jul 22, 2017 GERARD FABIANO
Jul 22, 2017 Lee Ryan
Jul 22, 2017 Jodi Carlin
Jul 22, 2017 Serenella Castri
Jul 22, 2017 Georgia Shankel
Jul 20, 2017 Alanna Reuben
Jul 20, 2017 Lynn Kowats
Jul 20, 2017 Charles Calhoun
Jul 20, 2017 J. Scott
Jul 20, 2017 Catheryn Sproull
Jul 20, 2017 Mark Hayduke Grenard
Jul 17, 2017 Crystal Wilson
Jul 14, 2017 Linda Hunt
Jul 12, 2017 NEDRA COMACK
Jul 12, 2017 Laura and Bill Congdon
Jul 10, 2017 Amy Knepper
Jul 9, 2017 Jim Faulks
Jul 9, 2017 joette Balakoski
Jul 9, 2017 Joe and Karen Lansdale
Jul 8, 2017 Paula Morgan
Jul 7, 2017 Jeanette Kelly
Jul 7, 2017 Elaine Becker
Jul 6, 2017 Ellen Utsinger
Jul 3, 2017 dana newsom
Jul 2, 2017 Ivan Zhyvolup
Jul 1, 2017 brent hale
Jun 26, 2017 Kimberley Duve
Jun 24, 2017 Nathan Fisher
Jun 24, 2017 diane rockafellow
Jun 22, 2017 Rob Dexter
Jun 21, 2017 Yvonne Barker
Jun 21, 2017 Debra Lancia
Jun 21, 2017 Kathy & Judy Sutter
Jun 17, 2017 Paola Moretti
Jun 17, 2017 Ellen Prior
Jun 17, 2017 karen gillum
Jun 15, 2017 Richard Peterson
Jun 14, 2017 Ann Erbacher Grey
Jun 13, 2017 Angie LeMaster
Jun 13, 2017 JODI ABEL
Jun 9, 2017 Beth Smith
Jun 9, 2017 Sophie Miranda
Jun 8, 2017 Léa Le Brizaut
Jun 8, 2017 Tina Hartman

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