Implement Nationwide Composting Services

Target: United States Congress

Goal: In addition to trash and recycling pickup, include composting pickup services for Americans.

Each year, Americans throw away millions of tons of food with only a small percentage of it being incinerated or composted. The fact that millions of people in this country are starving and Americans are throwing away tons of food is already concerning. But to add to that, rotting food releases methane gas, which has significantly more potential for causing global warming than carbon dioxide. Along with reducing greenhouse gases, composting has several other environmental and economic benefits. The government needs to require Americans to compost in order to preserve and protect the environment as well as reduce farming costs.

When food is thrown in landfills, it rots and releases methane, a greenhouse gas that has over twenty times the potential for causing global warming than carbon dioxide. In addition to reducing the amount of methane released into the atmosphere,  composting also absorbs odors, reduces and sometimes completely eliminates contaminants in soil and, by binding heavy metals, it prevents them from being carried to water resources or being absorbed by plants. Composting can revive poor soil and the resulting “humus” that is created by the composting process increases nutrients in soil and helps it retain moisture. Composting also helps prevent plant diseases and keeps pests away, which means the need for using fertilizers and pesticides is reduced.

The number of people in the U.S. who not only don’t compost, but have never even heard of it, is a sign of how negligent the U.S. Government is with regards to the environment. In the 1960s, recycling started to become another method of trash disposal in the U.S. It’s time to do the same with composting. Urge the U.S. Government to require Americans to compost in order to protect the planet and reduce farming costs.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear members of Congress,

Each year, Americans throw away billions of pounds of food. The rotting food releases methane which contributes more to global warming than carbon dioxide. In addition to reducing the amount of greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere,  encouraging Americans to compost has several other environmental and economic benefits. Collected compost can be used in lieu of landfill cover or synthetic soil and requires less water, pesticides and fertilizers. It cleans and enriches soil and prevents harmful chemicals from migrating to water systems by binding to them. By not making composting more accessible, a valuable opportunity to reduce costs and preserve the environment is not being taken advantage of.

Along with trash and recycling pickup, services for picking up compost need to be provided for Americans. Especially the ones who don’t have yards or the extra funds to buy the necessary supplies to begin their own compost pile. Compost pickup services would not only make it easier for citizens to compost, but would also raise awareness about it. We ask you to use our taxes to clean up our country by providing compost pickup as another form of trash disposal.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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  1. Lucy Kelly says:

    This is a great idea, but it may cost a bit. In the UK, we were forced to recycle. When ppl got used to it, they liked it, but then the government said it cost too much and stopped it. A public outcry brought back the bins, but they get emptied into the nonrecycled rubbish, so no-one knows what’s going on.

  2. J Davidson says:

    Our landfills are getting too full, and eventually we must find another solution to the garbage problem. composting is good for the environment, and it is the best choice.

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