Implement a County-Wide Composting Program to Reduce Methane Emissions and Food Waste

Implement a County-Wide Composting Program to Reduce Methane Emissions and Food Waste

0 have signed. Let’s get to 100!
At 100 signatures, this petition is more likely to be featured in recommendations!
Andre Dextre started this petition to County of Santa Barbara and

Petition County of Santa Barbara and Marborg Industries to Implement a County-Wide Composting Program to Reduce Methane Emissions and Food Waste

According to the FDA, about 30-40% of all food in the US is wasted; in Santa Barbara County specifically, compostable food scraps and yard waste make up over 30% of our total waste stream. Overall, food waste in landfills accounts for 16% of methane emissions in the US. 


While counties such as San Francisco offer household composting programs for residents, the County of Santa Barbara currently does not offer a county-wide composting program. Without a proper county-wide composting program, many residents create their own compost without clear guidelines or throw away compostable food scraps that end up in landfills. 


MarBorg Industries is Santa Barbara County’s main waste collector; and while they offer curbside pickup for trash, recycling, and green waste, they do not offer curbside compost pick-up. We call on the County of Santa Barbara and MarBorg Industries to provide county-wide composting for Santa Barbara County residents — and to thus reduce methane emissions and food waste in the Southern California region. Implementing a county composting program that includes curb-side pick-up and clear multilingual guidelines will help promote composting habits for a greener, more sustainable future. 


What Is Composting and Its Benefits?

Composting is the natural process of recycling natural organic matter, such as food scraps, into valuable fertilizers to enrich soil and plants.

Composting Benefits:

Helps vegetables withstand diseases
Improves crop nutrition and flavor
Improves soil retention
Reduces methane emissions created by organic matter
Reduces food waste 

0 have signed. Let’s get to 100!
At 100 signatures, this petition is more likely to be featured in recommendations!