Pollution prevention

What is pollution prevention?

Pollution prevention (P2), or source reduction, is any strategy that reduces or eliminates the volume or toxicity of pollutants or wastes within a facility - reducing waste before it's generated. Pollution prevention became a national policy with the Pollution Prevention Act of 1990. The Act established waste reduction as the waste management method of choice and set up a framework for promoting pollution prevention.  

Pollution prevention can take place by using less-toxic raw materials, modifying processes, and it includes onsite conservation and reuse of energy, water, and materials. Pollution prevention is not waste treatment, off-site recycling, disposal, or end-of-pipe controls.

Pollution prevention strategies save businesses money. If you don’t generate waste, you don’t have to track it, permit it, pay for treatment or disposal, and insure against the risks associated with it. 

Free onsite assessments
You can minimize costs, reduce risk and eliminate waste! Our Pollution Prevention Program provides free onsite assessments that can identify pollution prevention opportunities such as water conservation, energy efficiency, and waste reduction. Call us for an opportunity assessment: 

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