Compostablematerials constitute approximately 23 percent of Philadelphia's waste composition. In the absence of a citywide food waste recycling program, all food waste is sent to the landfill. RecycleNOW Philadelphia says this is a missed opportunity because composting would help the city fulfill RecycleNOW’s zero waste vision and it could spur local, sustainable development. It’s a win-win.
This week, Philadelphians will get the chance to voice their thoughts on food waste recycling when the Philadelphia City Council holds a hearing sponsored by Councilwoman Cindy Bass on Wednesday, Nov. 12 from 2 to 4 p.m. on Food Waste Recycling.
A strong presence at this first hearing will demonstrate that a citywide food waste recycling program is a priority for the residents of Philadelphia and give us an opportunity to be active participants in the discussion from start to finish.
Citywide composting is a very complex issue — we don't expect that the particulars will be fleshed out fully in this meeting. We do, however, expect that the process around designing and implementing a plan should be transparent and participatory to ensure that all conditions and stakeholders are given full consideration.
As a coalition, we know that if done right, this is an issue where everyone in Philadelphia wins. Make sure your voice is heard on composting!
To RSVP for the hearing and to download signs, click here. UPDATED:
Here's a link to the Facebook event.