Demand Better Recycling at Businesses


Target: Gina McCarthy, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency

Goal: Require all businesses who sell food and drinks to recycle their plastic, aluminum, and glass materials

Currently, the amount of waste that overflows the world’s landfills is getting out of control. Much of this waste includes materials that can be easily recycled if they are separated and sent to the proper facilities. Since the majority of people do not separate recyclable materials from waste, we are using an unnecessary amount of resources and causing irreversible damage to the environment to create more recyclable materials that will likely end up in a landfills too.

In order to increase the recycling rate, it is necessary for federal mandates to be put into place, because the system that currently exists is not working well enough. The most logical place to start with is increasing regulations for businesses who sell food and drinks because they yield more recyclable materials than the average individual. If a business sells plastic, aluminum, or glass products, they should be required to recycle them and also provide places for their patrons to do so. This can help significantly raise our recycling rate because of the amount of waste these facilities produce.

It is essential to significantly increase our recycling rate because it will save resources, cause less damage to the environment, and even generate revenue. The effects of humankind’s negligence to the Earth are rapidly becoming more and more apparent. The evidence of this is shown with widespread deforestation and pollution, climate change, and the world’s growing landfills. The recycling rates in the United States are not at an acceptable level. In 2009, the US produced 32 million pounds of plastic waste, and only 8% was recycled. The rate at which glass was recycled was 25%, which isn’t much better.

The benefits of recycling are undeniably obvious and necessary to preserve our planet. Demand that we take a big step toward facilitating a positive change for our planet by requiring businesses to recycle. By signing this petition, you will help urge the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to require all businesses who sell food and drinks to recycle their plastic, aluminum, and glass materials.


Dear Gina McCarthy,

The lack of regulation on recycling requirements in the United States is causing irreversible damage to the earth and adding to the depletion of this planet’s resources. More efforts need to be made to ensure the sustainability of life for our future generations. Recycling can help reduce the rapidly growing problem of pollution, waste in landfills, and release of dangerous greenhouse gas emissions. If regulations are not put into place soon, the issues may become more severe.

Since businesses who sell food and drinks produce a significant amount of plastic, aluminum, and glass waste, they should be required to recycle these materials and also provide a place for their patrons to do so. Rather than focusing on regulations for the country as a whole, these businesses should be regulated first because of the high amount of people they facilitate and waste they produce.

I am urging you to place mandatory recycling requirements on all businesses who sell food and drink items such as plastic, aluminum, and glass.


[Your Name Here]

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