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Waste Programs Division: Pollution Prevention (P2) For The Public

What is Pollution Prevention (P2)?

P2 means making changes in operational procedures, processes and improvements in housekeeping or management techniques that reduce potential or actual releases of pollutants to the overall environment (air, water and land).

P2 includes a wide array of opportunities for both businesses and private residences. Focus on source reduction as a first step. If that is not possible, then try recycling or reuse to identify waste minimization opportunities.

P2 in Arizona can include any of the following:

  • Source reduction
  • Toxic substance use reduction
  • Recycling of wastes or secondary materials
  • Reuse of materials
  • Waste minimization
  • Reclamation
  • Conservation
  • Chemical substitution
  • Toxic substance volume reduction

Check out the Pollution Prevention Program’s P2 Home designed as an interactive tool to assist the general public in providing educational information about the many pollution prevention practices that can be implemented in the home. By exploring each room of the home, you can get information regarding the many activities and steps you can take to incorporate simple changes that can lead to conservation and reduction of natural resources leading to a better world.

Helpful Links
Resources for Schools What You Can Do
ADEQ’s Schools Chemical Management Toolkit is a collection of guidelines, resources and common sense rules to properly and safely manage the chemicals used at schools.

ADEQ’s Children’s Environmental Health Program: School Vehicle Emission Reduction Program.

Arizona Project WET provides teachers with water quality and nonpoint source pollution educational materials to use in their classrooms for grades kindergarten through twelfth.

The School Water Audit Program (SWAP) engages students through inquiry and acting to install technology for water conservation in their school.
Find out how to recycle many items in your area.

Discover how you can prevent air pollution.

ADEQ’s Office of Environmental Health offers helpful links and information to protect children from environmental health risks and exposures.

Learn about what pollutants might be in your neighborhood by exploring:

Arizona Pollution Prevention Week
P2 WeekThe third week of September each year is celebrated as National Pollution Prevention (P2) Week. National P2 Week is a time for consumers and businesses to learn and recognize that it makes both common sense and economic sense to protect our environment by using fewer toxic chemicals, reducing water and energy consumption, generating less solid and hazardous waste, and reducing air pollution. P2 Week highlights the efforts of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, its partners, states and the public in making pollution prevention a cornerstone of sustainability. P2 Week Article Archives

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