Start a Compost Program at HM Jackson High School

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On average, Americans throw away over 20 pounds of edible food each month. That means around 240 pounds per year individually, and around 35 million pounds annually as a country, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. This is roughly 165 billion dollars worth of food each year, as stated by CNBC News. Not only does food waste cost us 10% of the total US budget, but it also contributes to global warming. The uneaten food is put into landfills and releases various gasses, accounting for 16% of US methane emissions, a potent greenhouse gas. Also, about one in every six Americans do not have enough to eat. Reducing food waste by just a mere 15% could feed more than 25 million Americans every year, as reported by the Natural Resources Defense Council.

If wasted food is such a problem, then why don't we do something?

We can start by keeping food waste out of landfills which will help to reduce harmful methane emitted into our atmosphere. This can help slow down global warming as well as save the land in landfills that would be wasted on food waste which can be put elsewhere. Recycling food waste will also help the environment by creating compost that is rich in nutrients and great soil for plants. This compost can even be sold for a profit! All it takes is putting your banana peel in the green bin instead of the grey one.

Introducing a compost bin at Henry M. Jackson High will help us get one step closer to a cleaner environment and better health for everyone. This petition will allow us to achieve our goal of starting a compost program at this high school and perhaps inspiring other schools to start their own programs as well.

 



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