Convince Santa Barbara County to offer a composting program to its residents

Convince Santa Barbara County to offer a composting program to its residents

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Mikaela Auclair started this petition to Santa Barbara County and

Proper waste management plays an extremely important role in reducing pollution and climate change. While Santa Barbara County is currently making efforts to improve their recycling program, they still don't offer a composting program for residents. According to their website, they offer a composting "Foodscraps Program" for businesses only, and expect residents to compost in their own backyard.

But not everyone in Santa Barbara County has their own backyard to compost, and those who do don't always have the resources to do so. As a result, many people just resort to throwing away their food scraps and other compostable items in the regular trash bin, which is no good for the environment.

That's why we should urge Santa Barbara County to improve their composting program and offer a yellow bin for residents as well as businesses!

 

Why is composting important?

Most food waste that is thrown in with trash gets trapped in plastic garbage bags where it cannot break down and decompose. As a result, it stays preserved and only adds to the enormous pollution of landfills, rather than get recycled back into the Earth. The food waste that is not trapped in bags is often covered by other trash which cuts off its access to oxygen. Without oxygen, the food also cannot breakdown properly and instead, undergoes an anaerobic (without oxygen) decomposition process. This process releases methane -- one of the most potent greenhouse gases -- into the air and further contributes to global warming.

In addition, more and more businesses in Santa Barbara County are offering compostable bags and utensils to their customers these days in an effort to be more environmentally-friendly, but those who do not have their own private backyard compost heap at home are forced to throw them in the brown bin (as they cannot be recycled), rendering the businesses' efforts ineffective.

 

If Santa Barbara County extends its composting "Foodscraps Program" to residents, more people would have access to a proper disposal method for their food waste and other compostable products. The collected compost could then be turned into nutrient-rich soil for local farmers to use for their crops. If kept in a controlled environment, the compost could even be used to produce methane for industrial use -- generating renewable energy and heat -- rather than be released into the air.

So please sign below and join the effort to reduce pollution and climate change in Santa Barbara County!

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