Recycle Food Scraps to Reduce Waste and Pollution

Target: Scott Pruitt, Administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency

Goal: Require accessible municipal composting options to cut back on food waste.

In 2010, 33.79 million tons of food waste went to the landfill in America. When buried under the mountain of trash in landfills, organic matter does not receive enough oxygen to properly decompose. Not only does this wasted food not degrade, it emits methane into the environment. This potent greenhouse gas pours from landfills across the country and contributes to global climate change.

To help combat the harmful effects of such large amounts of waste, municipal composting facilities need to be more readily available to residential homes and multi-family apartment complexes. Data gathered in 2013 showed 170 communities in 18 states with residential composting services. While this is a good start, the country does not currently have enough large-scale facilities to begin accommodating for increasingly eco-conscious and active communities. Due to the ease of adding food scraps to the trash services as opposed to trying to build and sustain a personal compost, the incentive to reduce food waste sent to the landfill would increase

Avoiding creating any food waste would be the ultimate goal. However, other items and material can be compostable as well. Therefore, opening these facilities can be the intermediary for ending food waste, while also providing a way to efficiently dispose of other organic matter. Sign this petition to bring awareness to the food waste problem in this country and to provide access to the solution.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Pruitt,

The problem of food waste in America not only hurts our wallets and hungry population, but the environment as well. Due to the lack of available food scrap recycling programs in the country, landfills are piled with organic matter that not only does not decompose properly, but also emits greenhouses gases into the environment contributing to climate change.

By requiring that municipalities build large scale composting facilities, policymakers can ensure organic matter will not overwhelm smaller scale programs. Furthermore, the incentive to compost would be more easily facilitated for residents by city services than the effort of building and maintaining personal composts. The community would also reap the benefits, as the nutrient rich soil produced from organic matter can serve local farmers and their crops.

Even for people who live in an environmentally aware town, there is not easy access to composting programs as a resident. While some states and communities have begun to implement smaller scale programs, large municipal facilities will be able to process and accept larger amounts of organic matter produced by the community. We are demanding funds and resources be made available nationwide to fulfill the high demand for food scrap recycling programs in order to combat food waste and climate change.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Alan Levine

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4 Comments

  1. END THE WASTE ON EARTH NOW TO SAVE IT.

  2. Elizabeth Sargeant says:

    Simple answer to this, just stop buying so much food and then wasting it. Moderation in all things…..

  3. That is a good idea. I also believe that we can even do better. Let’s think about this for a moment, 1 pound of meat takes about 2000 Liters of water or that the amount of CO2 produced is equivalent to an 18 wheeler (truck) running at 60 MPH for 1 hour. We can do better!

  4. gen agustsson says:

    reduce waste? 0 waste is the best. reducing waste and pollution are not enough. 0 pollution is the best.

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