Place Compost Receptacles Around New York City

Target: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg

Goal: Reduce landfill waste and methane gas emissions by placing compost receptacles on street corners in NYC.

New Yorkers throw away tons of food each year, with only a small percentage of it being composted. The 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. Mayor Bloomberg needs to make it easier for New Yorkers to compost by placing compost receptacles on street corners.

When food is thrown in landfills, it rots and releases methane, a greenhouse gas that has over twenty times more 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, 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 New York City who not only don’t compost but have never even heard of it, is a sign of how negligent our politicians can be with regards to the environment. In the 1960′s, recycling became another standard method of trash disposal in the U.S. It’s time to do the same with composting. Urge Mayor Bloomberg to encourage New Yorkers to compost by placing compost receptacles on street corners.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mayor Bloomberg,

Each year, New Yorkers throw away tons 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 New Yorkers 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 cans, compost receptacles need to be placed on street corners. These containers would not only make it easier for New Yorkers to compost, they would also raise awareness about it. We ask you to use our taxes to clean up our environment by placing compost receptacles on street corners around New York City.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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5 Comments

  1. Ruth Rogers Ruth Rogers says:

    RECYCLING IS ONE OF THE BEST THINGS TO DO — NOT HERE!!!
    1. EACH MAN. WOMEN AND CHILD MUST KNOW HOW TO RECYCLE — AND WHAT TO PUT INTO THE RECYCLING BIN.
    2. NO MEAT, DAIRY, BONE-FROM-MEAT MAY BE PUT INTO THE RECYCLING BIN.
    3. THIS IS POTENTIALLY A PLACE WHERE A MASSIVE OUTBREAK OF DISEASE, PLAGUE, COULD START.
    DANGER — REGULATION OF MEAT AND ANIMAL PRODUCTS PLACE IN THE RECYCLING CONTAINERS — COULD LEAD TO A MAJOR DISEASE OUT-BREAK.
    I do not plan to sign this petition — unless this is highly regulated, only done by the few men, women, and children who are educated and care, and the recycling bins are not opened by people other than the private owners. So, this is not going to work — without extensive educational plans and should not be open to the public who have never recycled before. Plant and fruit material only may be recycled.

    • Very true about needing educated people to regulate this. But what a great opportunity. As you said, the “few” children and adults who are educated on it could help, but by implementing more opportunities to compost, hopefully more than just a few people would then know about what it’s about. The steps taken between writing this petition and actually having composting stations set up would be many. It wouldn’t be up to me to plan how to do it, but for the city to. These petitions are not necessarily intended or expected to bring about the change they seek immediately, but more to plant ideas in people’s minds. Because that’s how all change starts, right? As an idea…no matter how radical or ridiculous it may sound.

  2. Ruth Rogers Ruth Rogers says:

    I like recycling. This is not the place for recycling. Please come up with a better plan. Thank you.

  3. Ruth Rogers Ruth Rogers says:

    PLEASE DO NOT SIGN THIS PETITION — STATED WITH GOOD INTENTIONS — AS A LONG TIME RECYCLING AND COMPOSTING PERSON. THIS PETITION NEEDS IMPROVEMENTS. BEST WISHES TO THE WRITER AND THE SUPPORTERS — TO MAKE THESE IMPROVEMENTS.

  4. Ruth Rogers Ruth Rogers says:

    RESTATED: I learned to recycle as a child, a teenager, and an adult. If you want to go ahead with this petition — it is your doing. I want no part in this unless this is organized into 1. recycle bottles here, 2. recycle paper here, 3. recycle cardboard here, 4. recycle aluminum her. 6. recycle metal here.

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