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10 Ways for Consumers to Prevent Pollution
10 Ways for Businesses to Prevent Pollution

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10 Ways for Businesses to Prevent Pollution, Conserve Resources and Save Money

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Businesses have a large role to play in reducing waste, pollution and impacts on global climate change.

The best way to reduce waste and other pollution is to avoid producing it in the first place. Pollution prevention is any activity that avoids, eliminates, or reduces the creation of pollutants at the source. The benefits to your business are:

  • Reduced operating costs
  • Reduced compliance costs
  • Reduced liability
  • Increased productivity
  • Increased marketability as a "green" business; and
  • Even possibly increased profits.

Explore the Pollution Prevention (P2) links below for resources and ideas to help your business step forward into sustainable and earth-friendly operations.

The links and documents posted below are provided by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and our partner agencies in the community.


1. Develop a Plan

2. Avoid Producing Waste

3. Find Alternatives to Toxic Chemicals

4. Conserve Energy

5. Maintain Good Housekeeping

6. Convert to Green Operations

7. Conserve and Protect Water

8. Recycle or Exchange Waste

9. Borrow Ideas from Others

10. Let Us Help

P2 Resources
by Industry Sector

Auto Body Repair

Dry Cleaners

Dental Offices

Fiberglass Manufacturing

Hospitals & Clinics


Landscape Maintenance

Metal Industries

Radiator Repair


Vehicle Dismantling

Vehicle Maintenance

For more business resources, visit the Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange (P2Rx).

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