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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


Apr 23, 2018 Marc Gregory
Apr 23, 2018 Marie Flanigan
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Apr 7, 2018 Lisa vasta
Apr 5, 2018 Stephanie Mayes
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Apr 4, 2018 Nancy Wein
Apr 3, 2018 Megan Speight
Mar 31, 2018 Nan Newall
Mar 29, 2018 Susan Curry Please be responsible caretakers of our beautiful earth.
Mar 29, 2018 Karen Supplee
Mar 28, 2018 Megan Tunstall
Mar 27, 2018 Allison Cox Protect our environment.
Mar 27, 2018 Sharon Larson I love what Portland OR, USA did. They gave composting bins to people who wanted them. Wish I had one. They’re great for gardens and flowering plants.
Mar 27, 2018 Laura Krause
Mar 27, 2018 Angelita Ritz
Mar 26, 2018 Tracy Wood
Mar 25, 2018 Jerry Banks
Mar 25, 2018 Janis Ciofalo
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Mar 25, 2018 H. M. Sustaita Absolutely.
Mar 24, 2018 carri perani-welsh
Mar 21, 2018 Karen Moore
Mar 20, 2018 Lisa Delabre
Mar 20, 2018 Lesley Adamson It's easy and rewarding.
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Mar 19, 2018 Maria Arteaga
Mar 18, 2018 hEATHET Knowles
Mar 13, 2018 Helen Smylie
Mar 13, 2018 Elizabeth Wolff
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Mar 7, 2018 Anne-Marie Henkes
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Mar 7, 2018 David Tukey
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Mar 1, 2018 Shannon horton
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Mar 1, 2018 Melissa Armstrong
Feb 23, 2018 Jeanine Smegal
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