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Hazardous Waste & Toxics Reduction

Learn About Pollution Prevention

Pollution Prevention, also called P2, is a way to stop pollution before it starts. If we eliminate sources of pollution, we avoid its negative health and environmental effects. Ecology is dedicated to helping Washington businesses reduce dangerous waste and find safer alternatives to hazardous chemicals.

Avoiding the use of toxic chemicals is the smartest, cheapest, and healthiest approach. In many cases, there are safer chemicals or alternative processes that replace toxic chemicals. Our Toxics Reduction Specialists work with businesses to reduce waste, find safer alternatives, improve efficiency, and conserve resources.

Discover the benefits

P2 reduces pollution at the source, so good P2 practices protect air and water. It′s not only good for people and the environment—pollution prevention is good for business. P2 approaches find the waste and inefficiencies that cost you money. Use P2 to cut costs, increase profit, and have a safer workplace.

Pollution prevention is smart business because it can help you:

  • Increase worker safety and satisfaction.
  • Improve your reputation in the community.
  • Decrease liability now and in the future.
  • Reduce the cost of waste treatment and disposal.
  • Avoid costly cleanups.
  • Conserve water and energy.
  • Reduce complex regulatory overhead.
  • Increase your competitive edge.

Eliminate the use of hazardous substances to avoid dangerous waste and harmful emissions. The less waste you generate, the less you have to manage and pay to dispose. You′ll also avoid costly cleanups from spills. Even if you send your dangerous waste for disposal, you may be liable for cleanup costs if it′s not handled or disposed of properly.

Stand out from the competition by offering less toxic products. More than ever, consumers are looking for products and services that use fewer toxics and have less environmental impact.

Find P2 opportunities for your business

Ecology is dedicated to helping Washington businesses reduce dangerous waste and find safer alternatives to hazardous chemicals. Our Toxics Reduction Specialists work with businesses to reduce waste, find safer alternatives, improve efficiency, and conserve resources.

Get expert assistance and learn how your business can benefit from P2.

P2 by business type provides tips for specific industries, like electroplating, automotive, dry cleaning, and painting.

Develop Your Plan helps you with your Pollution Prevention Plan.

P2 Success Stories

Washington businesses are becoming leaders in finding safer alternatives, eliminating toxics, and cutting waste—saving money in the process. Learn how.

Resources

Pollution Prevention Resources Center

The nonprofit Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC) is a leading source of high-quality, unbiased pollution prevention information.

EPA Pollution Prevention

The US Environmental Protection Agency offers tools and information about the benefits of pollution prevention.