Pollution Prevention as Part of Best Practices

Pollution prevention is a technique used in reducing air pollutants, hazardous wastes, solid wastes, and water pollutants by simply not creating the wastes or pollutants during industrial production. Pollution prevention helps reduce the amount and toxicity of pollutants by: substituting less hazardous materials for more hazardous materials; substituting reusable material for single use material where feasible; preventing spills and leakages; capturing, recycling, and/or treating leakages before they enter the air or water; efficiently using raw materials in a timely manner to reduce and avoid waste; cleaning and reusing solvents; inspecting all raw materials upon delivery and rejecting those that are not usable; establishing an appropriate inspection, maintenance and service program; and properly training, and retraining when necessary, all workers in their work assignments and in appropriate safety measures. Pollution prevention increases efficiency, is an excellent means of cost control increasing profits, and enhances environmental protection.

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