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What is pollution prevention?
Pollution prevention (P2) is any practice that reduces, eliminates, or prevents pollution at its source. P2, also known as “source reduction,” can be practiced by modifying equipment and production processes, promoting the use of nontoxic or less toxic substances, implementing conservation techniques, and reusing materials rather than putting them into the waste stream.
The benefits of P2 extend to all aspects of a business. P2 practices usually result in a company’s financial savings, enhanced employee safety, and reduced liability and risks. Companies see improvements in their ability to meet their regulatory requirements and frequently enjoy improved company image and employee satisfaction.
Where should you look for pollution prevention opportunities in your business?
There are a few key areas that should be examined for pollution prevention potential.
Iowa P2 Services offers no-cost, non-regulatory, and confidential assessments to help you identify what opportunities your business has to save money and reduce your environmental impact. For more information on the assessments we offer, please visit our P2 Assessments webpage.
What strategies are typically applied in a P2 program?
The list below is not comprehensive. Visit our P2 Intern Program Case Summary Dashboard to learn about more solutions that have worked for Iowa companies.
SOURCE REDUCTION – Eliminate or reduce the generation of
waste at the source. Eliminate or reduce the acquisition and use of materials
that contribute to waste generation. Substitute less hazardous materials where
possible. Conserve water and energy by improving process efficiency. Source
reduction is the most preferred waste management strategy.
MATERIAL REUSE – Reuse materials to reduce and eliminate the
net generation of waste. For example, reuse incoming packaging for outgoing
RECYCLING – Recycle or reclaim waste material to minimize
the net waste generated. Onsite recycling is preferred over off-site recycling.
TREATMENT – Minimize the quantity, toxicity, and hazardous
qualities of waste materials by onsite or off-site treatment.
DISPOSAL – Any remaining waste should be disposed of