Waste Programs Division: Pollution Prevention (P2) Business Links

Businesses have found that Pollution Prevention (P2) techniques help them to prevent waste but why should you care about preventing waste? Check out: EPA’s answer and a neat success story from Scottsdale AZ .

There are many resources available for businesses that want to practice Pollution Prevention (P2). Some links are listed on this page for your convenience.

Sector Specific Resources for Business

EPA’s Industry Specific Sector Notebooks contain profiles and P2 opportunities for different business sectors.

EPA’s P2 Resources for Business provide useful P2 information for auto repair, healthcare, metal finishing and janitorial activities.

Topic Hubs from the Western Sustainability and Pollution Prevention Network (WSPPN) provide specific P2 opportunities for different business sectors. These web based guides contain peer-reviewed information as well as key processes for different business operations.

ADEQ’s EMS guidance document was prepared to assist small-to-medium sized businesses establish and maintain an EMS.


Energy Resources

Energy Star for small businesses provides information on how to prevent pollution by reducing energy. Energy reductions can lead to significant cost savings.

US Small Business Administration can help you estimate your current energy use.

Arizona Goes Solar’s website is an effort by the Arizona Corporate Commission and implemented by the electric utilities to provide residential and business customers information regarding solar options and incentives in Arizona. Check out their webpage if you are considering solar installations.


Water Resources

EPA’s WaterSense® Program has useful information that can help your business save money and water. Check out their website for strategies that can help you manage your facility’s water use.

Arizona Department of Water Resources Commercial, Industrial and Institutional homepage has more information on water conservation tools, programs and resources in Arizona.

ADEQ’s Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP) for Stormwater Discharges Associated with Industrial Activities fact sheet can help you determine if there are specific permitting requirements for your business. The key to compliance with the MSGP is to keep pollutants out of stormwater through the use of proper P2 practices. These practices or control measures are site specific and based on the nature of the activities and types of pollutants potentially exposed to and transported by stormwater.

ADEQ’s Water Quality Division web site contains further information on obtaining authorization for discharges of stormwater associated with construction activity and information on Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP).


Air Resources

Visit ADEQ’s air quality website for agricultural best management practices, travel reduction programs and information on fugitive dust control.

Maricopa County's free downloadable app “Clean Air Make More” can tell you the current air quality conditions. It provides real time updates on restrictions such as no burn days so you can make wiser decisions. With detailed air pollution statistics on ozone, PM-10, carbon monoxide, and PM-2.5 particles you can also report air quality violations and smoking vehicles to promote clean air.


Recycling Resources

ADEQ’s recycling webpage has useful recycling information. Use our recycling locator to find where you can recycle items in Arizona.


ADEQ's P2 Program

Refer to ADEQ’s P2 Planning Program for additional information and determine if your business meets any of the filing thresholds. Your business can also choose to submit a voluntary plan even if you don’t meet any of the filing thresholds for a P2 Plan, based on hazardous waste or toxic substance use. For additional information on hazardous waste management in Arizona refer to ADEQ’s Hazardous Waste Management website.

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