Join plant-based products industry stakeholders calling for support of the recently introduced Cultivating Organic Matter through the Promotion of Sustainable Techniques Act of 2021 (the COMPOST Act).
Please consider having your company sign on to the letter that PBPC will then deliver to House and Senate Agriculture Committee Members. We will update this page regularly with signatories.
A copy of the letter is included below the form.
Plant-Based Products Industry Stakeholders Letter to the House and Senate Agriculture Committees in Support of the COMPOST Act
Dear House and Senate Agriculture Committee Members:
Our companies are part of the Plant Based Products Council (PBPC), an association of like-minded organizations, large and small, who are working to promote a more circular bioeconomy through greater adoption of renewable, plant-based materials supported by appropriate end-of-life infrastructure. PBPC supports the recently introduced legislation, S. 2388/H.R. 4443 the Cultivating Organic Matter through the Promotion of Sustainable Techniques Act of 2021 (the COMPOST Act), and we urge you to consider joining as a cosponsor.
Many of the products and materials we use every day can be made from renewable, plant-based resources that provide the same or better functionality of traditional products. Many plant-based products are compostable and when used in food packaging or food service ware can help divert food scraps to compost, a valuable tool to improving soil health and combatting climate change. Unfortunately, many communities lack access to industrial composting facilities needed to close the circular loop for these products.
To help fill this critical infrastructure gap, the COMPOST Act would create new USDA grant and loan guarantee programs for composting infrastructure projects, including both large-scale composting facilities as well as farm, home, or community-based projects. The bill also would add composting as a conservation practice for USDA conservation programs. Both the act of producing compost from organic waste and using compost on a farm would qualify as a conservation practice.
Increased investment in composting infrastructure can help our country address growing concerns about the changing climate and restore depleted soils while creating local jobs, particularly in underserved rural and urban communities. Composting is also one of the most environmentally friendly means of organic waste disposal, and the COMPOST Act represents a powerful opportunity to reach net zero emission goals.