Join Us: A citywide commercial composting program is key to the just and green recovery from the pandemic. We need your signature to demonstrate public support to City Council. Please sign the below form and share widely!
As we've witnessed in our neighborhood, many restaurants have closed in Cambridge since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, the urgency of taking bold and immediate action to reduce our community’s greenhouse gas emissions has never been more clear. By helping our restaurants waste less food, Cambridge can take real, measurable steps to mitigate these dual crises. A citywide commercial composting program for restaurants and small businesses could be implemented quickly and would be a win-win for all stakeholders.
Support our restaurants:
- Help restaurants avoid penalties for non-compliance with MassDEP food waste limits
- These penalties are set to become significantly more stringent in October 2021, without a compliance roadmap
- Enable restaurants to save money on trash-hauling contracts via volume reduction
Support our environment:
- 100 Cambridge restaurants composting will divert upwards of 5,000 tons of CO2-eq emissions per year, comparable to planting 800,000 trees according to US EPA estimates
- Environmental think tank, Project Drawdown, has consistently ranked reducing food waste as one of the top 3 ways to address climate change worldwide
Support our community:
- Improper trash management causes public health and environmental impacts, with a disproportionately negative impact on low-income communities
- Landfills are filling up; proper waste-stream disposal saves taxpayers money on fees
With this Petition, Cambridge Table to Farm and all signatories together urge the City to:
1) Develop a pilot program for small businesses to begin commercial composting
2) Set an explicit goal of 100 participants and track total food waste diverted as part of the City’s Sustainability Dashboard
3) Fund a budget of $300k, similar to the Small Business Recycling Pilot of 2018, and limit participation to businesses with less than 50 employees, with the aim of expanding to larger businesses in the future
4) Establish a proceeding and application program for expanding to participants greater than the 50-employee threshold
We are a grassroots food waste and environmental advocacy group based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
For more info: www.cambridgetabletofarm.com
Questions? Email us at Cambridgetabletofarm@gmail.com