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.
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.
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