Adopting pollution prevention practices and techniques often benefits industry by lowering a company's operational and environmental compliance costs. By preventing the generation of waste, P2 can also reduce or eliminate long-term liabilities and clean-up costs. Furthermore, disposal costs are reduced when the volume of waste is decreased. This can also lead to a reduction in workplace exposures to hazardous materials which can affect workers' health and hence, their productivity. If less waste is produced, there will also be a diminshed need for on-site storage space. By preventing pollution there will be a greater likelihood that a company will be in compliance with local, state, and federal regulations. Finally, as community pillars, businesses shoulder an important responsibility for protecting the environment and natural resources for their own good as well as that of society.
Ecology's Web Page on Pollution Prevention
Many companies have reduced their use of hazardous substances, cut waste, water and energy use, and saved money in the process. Read their stories or submit a P2 success story through Ecology's program!
Governor's Award for Sustainable Practices
Yearly award honoring businesses that have shown outstanding leadership in preventing pollution and moving toward sustainability. Due to lack of resources, the Governor's Award for Sustainable Practices is on indefinite hiatus.