Pollution prevention

What is pollution prevention?
Pollution prevention (P2) is any strategy that reduces or eliminates waste at the source by preventing it from occurring in the first place and negates the need for later managingement of waste through recycling, reuse, treatment, or disposal. It includes reducing the use of energy, water, and materials.
Pollution prevention includes:
  • Modifying equipment or technology.
  • Modifying processes and procedures.
  • Reformulating or redesigning products and packaging.
  • Substituting less-toxic or non-toxic raw materials. 
  • Improving housekeeping, maintenance, training and inventory control.
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 P2.  
Why prevent pollution?

Sustainable pollution prevention strategies can:

  • Save businesses money by reducing energy, water, and material costs.
  • Reduce environmental compliance costs.
  • Improve worker safety.
  • Reduce risk and liability.
  • Reduce disposal and treatment costs.
  • Attract increasingly educated and motivated consumers.
  • Differentiate your product or service.
  • Retain skilled workers through corporate values and performance.
  • Reduce external impacts on public health and the environment.
Free assessments
We offer two free assessments to help identify pollution prevention opportunities. We work with all types of business and organizations. We're currently focusing on food and beverage manufacturers and would love to connect with breweries, coffee roasters, and bakeries that are interested in saving money and becoming more sustainable.
You can minimize costs, reduce risk and eliminate waste! Our Pollution Prevention Program provides onsite assessments that increase energy efficiency, water conservation, waste reduction, and corporate social responsibility. We connect you to resources to help you achieve your sustainability goals and receive environmental recognition. Call or email to schedule an assessment today!

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Take the free Colorado Green Business Assessment to measure the sustainability of your business, identify ways to improve and get connected to assistance and recognition opportunities. A Colorado Green Business representative will contact you after you’ve started the assessment.

Colorado Green Business Program

The Colorado Green Business Program is a collaborative effort between the Colorado P2 Program (this program) and local green business programs throughout the state.

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