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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


Aug 21, 2017 Ben Cachola
Aug 20, 2017 Phyl Morello Coposting makes sense...Promote at home composting nation wide. We already compost & have been doing it in a tumbler for the past 20 yrs or more.
Aug 18, 2017 silke kleinhenz
Aug 15, 2017 Lindsey Dakin
Aug 15, 2017 Lisa Hayes
Aug 13, 2017 Francie Rawl
Aug 10, 2017 Virginia Dempsey
Aug 10, 2017 Magali Rebolledo
Aug 7, 2017 Donna Gilbert
Aug 2, 2017 SHIRLEY AUSTIN
Aug 2, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 2, 2017 Ornella Micone
Jul 31, 2017 Teresa Simek
Jul 30, 2017 Kristy Kelley
Jul 30, 2017 Laurine League
Jul 29, 2017 Nadine Miller
Jul 28, 2017 Ash Rawal
Jul 27, 2017 (Name not displayed)
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

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