Pollution Prevention for Schools and Laboratories

The Washington State Department of Ecology is working with businesses, including schools and laboratories, to find safer alternatives to reduce, or even eliminate the use of toxic substances.

Below are links to preferred alternatives and best management practices that can be used to reduce and prevent toxic wastes in labs in various educational departments and classes. The information is not all-inclusive, but introduces paths and contacts about successful opportunities implemented by others in these areas.

Within each category, resources are listed alphabetically. Some resources are cross- referenced because they apply to multiple categories. Federal, state, and local regulations still apply. Ecology recommends coordinating with the appropriate regulatory agency if you have questions about making changes at your facility. For follow-up questions and non-enforcement technical assistance, please contact Ecology's pollution prevention staff.

Within the following files you will find helpful printable (Word and pdf) checklists to help you find and implement pollution prevention opportunities.

Throughout all departments there are common issues with proper management of dangerous waste that is generated on site.  The following bullets identify the most common issues and give best management practices (BMPs) for proper identification, accumulation, and disposal of dangerous wastes.