Praise New York City for Cutting Down on Waste


Target: Mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio

Goal: Praise New York City for plans to reduce waste by 90 percent by 2030.

Mayor Bill de Blasio celebrated Earth Day by announcing that the city of New York will reduce its waste by 90 percent by the year 2030. The plan is an ambitious one, especially since New York City is heavily populated. However, the mayor stated that with the way things are in the city, New York will not be sustainable unless drastic action is taken. As many nations clamor to fix climate change, clean up our oceans, and become generally conscious of our planet’s health, this plan may be taken up by various other cities. Praise the mayor for this announcement and urge New York City to stay committed.

The waste reduction plan is part of a larger effort to lift thousands out of poverty in New York City, and to clean the environment. The city’s proposal is the largest ever taken up in the western part of the globe, aiming to cut down three million tons of waste. The city will provide residents with incentives to recycle, streamline the recycling process, and encourage the public to not use plastic bags. The city hopes to have residents recycle their items into one bin, instead of three. The amount of waste that New York City produces has dropped significantly since 2005, but the city hopes that this percentage will increase once the recycling system has been streamlined. There is also work to be done about food waste, since this makes up a third of New York’s trash.

In either case, this announcement is good news for our environment. As the human population continues to grow, we need to make sure that whatever we do is sustainable for the planet. New York City is taking a huge step by tackling this problem, but the city needs to stay committed. Sign this petition and praise Mayor de Blasio for this decision.


Dear Mayor Bill de Blasio,

On Earth Day, you announced that New York City would revamp its recycling and trash system. Concerned that the city is not operating in a sustainable matter, and that thousands still live in poverty, you intend to launch the waste reduction program. I for one am grateful that you are making this pledge, but I hope that your city will keep to this goal when you are out of office.

It is true, the amount of waste that humans produce is astounding. Humans need to learn how to live green, and that means recycling and properly taking care of their waste. The current style of living is not sustainable. We cannot keep producing so much waste, and I am glad that New York City understands this. I want to thank you for making this leap, and I hope the city will stay with this goal for decades to come.


[Your Name Here]

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