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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


Feb 21, 2017 Annam Fisher
Feb 20, 2017 Brooke Goodhue
Feb 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
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
Feb 17, 2017 Cheryl Janiszewski
Feb 16, 2017 M Kent
Feb 16, 2017 lynda Barondes
Feb 16, 2017 VICKI MILLER
Feb 16, 2017 Chris Barrand
Feb 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 16, 2017 Amy Sharpe
Feb 15, 2017 Debra Moser
Feb 15, 2017 Katherine Schultetus All yard waste should be composted wherever and whenever possible!! Our area does this and includes vegetable peelings, seeds, cores, etc. Basically if you could've grown it it can go in the yard waste bin.
Feb 15, 2017 Maria Angeles Leorza Arechavaleta
Feb 13, 2017 jackie grey
Feb 13, 2017 Jack Martin
Feb 13, 2017 Gill Reeves
Feb 12, 2017 Christine Traylor
Feb 11, 2017 Tristin Pollet
Feb 9, 2017 Sara Rosenau
Feb 9, 2017 Carleen Rosenau
Feb 9, 2017 Leslie Dancer
Feb 9, 2017 Susan Holland
Feb 9, 2017 Mick McMahon
Feb 6, 2017 Roxanna Abela
Feb 5, 2017 Carmella Blake
Feb 5, 2017 Anna Tangi
Feb 5, 2017 Stacey Govito
Feb 4, 2017 Cindy Ray
Feb 4, 2017 Veda Simpson
Feb 4, 2017 Martine cuisenaire
Feb 3, 2017 Steven Skal
Jan 30, 2017 Veronica Lebron
Jan 30, 2017 Lucy Won
Jan 29, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 29, 2017 Emile Ouellette
Jan 27, 2017 Kathleen Tennyson
Jan 26, 2017 Ivana Breber
Jan 26, 2017 Nurit Dagan
Jan 26, 2017 Elaine Fischer
Jan 23, 2017 Sherry Horne Taylor Composting is natural and supplies with so much of a good alternative to growth. Let people who are feeling the need to do this, do so. They'really doing this environment a sincere and good alternative.
Jan 23, 2017 Karin Hart
Jan 22, 2017 sarah rooney
Jan 22, 2017 Patricia Nenadich
Jan 21, 2017 Gilberto Simao
Jan 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)

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