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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, 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


Jan 18, 2018 David Davis
Jan 18, 2018 Sergio Padilla
Jan 18, 2018 Danuta Watola
Jan 17, 2018 stephanie rohmer
Jan 17, 2018 Alba Chamorro
Jan 17, 2018 Mel Green
Jan 17, 2018 paulo reeson
Jan 17, 2018 Ben Oscar Andersson
Jan 17, 2018 mike robertson
Jan 17, 2018 Elizabeth McGowan
Jan 17, 2018 Angela Kohn
Jan 17, 2018 Donita Lowrey
Jan 16, 2018 Douglas Krueger
Jan 16, 2018 Sarah Sullivan
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Jan 12, 2018 Laurie Hock This should've happened along when recycling started in the U.S.A. Stop dragging your feet on making the world better for future generations.
Jan 12, 2018 Caryl Saint Clair
Jan 12, 2018 H. M. Sustaita
Jan 7, 2018 Debra Sisco
Jan 2, 2018 Lynda Kerr
Jan 1, 2018 Stacey Cannon
Dec 26, 2017 Hillary Maurer
Dec 25, 2017 M D
Dec 22, 2017 Christian Müller
Dec 19, 2017 Joan Autry I've been composting for 20 years. It is easy and SO GOOD for our environment and our food. My lawn never need fertilizer or even water!
Dec 16, 2017 Pat Churchman
Dec 13, 2017 kathryn jenness
Dec 13, 2017 Tammy Cieslak
Dec 13, 2017 Terri Robb
Dec 12, 2017 DayLynn McDonald
Nov 24, 2017 Janice Banks
Nov 23, 2017 Patricia Ferguson
Nov 23, 2017 Kathryn Fenn
Nov 22, 2017 Alexandre Pereira
Nov 21, 2017 Kristie Hatton
Nov 21, 2017 Stacey Govito
Nov 21, 2017 Terri Lynch
Nov 18, 2017 Jan Adler
Nov 18, 2017 Kristie Hatton
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Nov 14, 2017 Jenna Sunderlin
Nov 11, 2017 Adelina Jaudal
Nov 7, 2017 Jacqueline Roberts
Nov 4, 2017 Jodi Ford
Nov 1, 2017 Mark Hayduke Grenard
Nov 1, 2017 Julie Reid
Oct 29, 2017 Jozef Oud
Oct 29, 2017 Ingrid Bichler
Oct 29, 2017 Axa Tolonen
Oct 25, 2017 Kimberly Wallace

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