Praise Sanitation Workers’ Composting Initiative


Target: Haley Rogers and Lisa Brunie-McDermott

Goal: Praise two sanitation workers’ composting initiative in New York City

Recently, the composting initiative of two sanitation workers in New York City has been recognized. The two women aim to reduce the organic waste that New York City accumulates every year, and to educate the city residents on greener ways to conserve the environment.

The two-year pilot program, “Organics Collection,” has $10 million allocated toward it. The program seeks to encourage and educate New York City residents to compost their organic waste.

Proponents of the program have calculated that over $300 million dollars could be saved in the City of New York alone every year if the city residents invest and participate in the pilot program.

One of the most visible effects of the program would be the decrease in the numbers of rats in the city. Rats are a major problem in New York City, as it has the highest rat population in the world. As a consequence of the lack of composting in the city, tons of food is left out for rats to easily search for and consume, which exasperates the rat population problem. By composting on a regular basis, rats would be forced to search other places outside of the city for food.

The pilot composting program is currently under operation in every borough in New York City, offering its services to over 250,000 residents. In order to increase the outreach of the program, the organizers of the movement have made various advertising posters in other languages, such as Spanish and Chinese.

The program runs until the conclusion of summer 2015, and if it is successful, the program is to be expanded in New York City. Please sign the petition below to praise the two women who initiated this much-needed composting program, and to support the program and its many benefits.


Dear Haley Rogers and Lisa Brunie-McDermott,

Composting can be a time consuming and demanding task for busy individuals, especially when easily accessible composting sites are not readily available in urban areas. New York City has been overdue for a good composting system for some time, as is evident by the out-of-control numbers of rats feasting on abundant food in the city streets.

Your composting program is certainly going to have a positive impact on the New York City residents, and on the city on a broader scale. Reading about how you personally go door-to-door to advertise about the program and to educate residents is truly inspirational.

Thank you for your efforts in initiating your composting program for New York City residents. I am looking forward to reading about the many positive effects that this system will have in the city.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Ruth Rogers Ruth Rogers says:

    Thank You! Signed with pleasure.

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