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Text of the Executive Composting Act

This bill was introduced on May 26, 1993, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of May 26, 1993 (Introduced).

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HR 2292 IH

103d CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2292

To express the sense of the Congress to encourage the President and the Governor of each State to carry out on-site composting at their residences.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

MAY 26, 1993

Mr. HOCHBRUECKNER (for himself, Mr. TORRES, Mr. FISH, Ms. NORTON, Mr. WALSH, and Ms. MCKINNEY) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce


A BILL

To express the sense of the Congress to encourage the President and the Governor of each State to carry out on-site composting at their residences.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ‘Executive Composting Act’.

SEC. 2. FINDINGS.

    The Congress finds the following:

      (1) The United States faces a crisis in municipal solid waste management, due in large part to rapidly declining landfill capacity and growing public concern about the adverse environmental consequences of waste disposal.

      (2) Composting, an ancient technique that promotes natural decomposition of biodegradable materials, could be used to manage as much as 60 percent of municipal discards, including such items as fallen leaves, grass clippings, woody materials, and post-consumer organic materials that are not suitable for municipal recycling programs. Homeowners can naturally recycle their yard trimmings and kitchen food scraps through backyard composting, thus substantially reducing the amount of materials they discard.

      (3) Finished compost material provides a valuable soil amendment that can improve soil quality and stability, help prevent soil erosion, and reduce the demand for chemical fertilizers. Homeowners can use compost produced from backyard composting in outdoor landscaping or as soil for houseplants.

      (4) The President of the United States and the Nation’s Governors, uniquely positioned to lead by example, can provide a model for citizen involvement by composting their organic yard trimmings and food scraps that are not suitable for recycling programs. Such programs could include distribution of the finished compost material to the public for use in gardens and other appropriate purposes.

      (5) A backyard composting effort at the White House and at Governors’ residences would demonstrate to citizens that each household has a role to play in the solid waste solution, a component of which may be recovering organic materials through backyard composting.

      (6) Backyard composting at the Federal and State executive residences would also set a positive example for Federal and State government agencies, and could encourage composting of organic materials on government office grounds.

SEC. 3. SENSE OF THE CONGRESS.

    It is the sense of the Congress that, in order to encourage backyard composting across the Nation, the President and the Governor of each State should consider carrying out on-site composting of organic materials generated at their residences and grounds that is appropriate for composting, including yard trimmings, kitchen food scraps, and other organic materials that are not suitable for recycling programs. The President and each Governor also should consider distributing the resulting compost to visitors and local residents for use in gardens and other appropriate purposes.