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Suggested Activities for National Pollution Prevention Week

Additional Activities
  • Produce, promote, and distribute a resource list for regulatory assistance and pollution prevention
  • Organize a Pollution Prevention Week speakers bureau
  • Hold a breakfast spotlighting various P2 accomplishments
  • Educate the public through fairs or at shopping malls
  • Have a "Clean-Up Day" for local areas
  • Provide an article for newsletters or local newspapers focusing on a particular pollution prevention practice
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  • Distribute pre-addressed postcards requesting removal from junk mailing lists
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  • Circulate P2 Week promotional materials, such as posters
  • Convene an in-house training on pollution prevention in your organization
  • Host an open house at your organization
  • Use electronic messages to notify staff in your organization about Pollution Prevention Week
  • Use both sides of a piece of paper
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  • Organize a "Make Up Your Own Pollution Prevention Idea Day"
  • Participate in Pollution Prevention Week September 18-25, 2000. Contact your local public agencies to find out about what activities are planned

Benefits of Practicing Pollution Prevention

Your business or program enhances its image as it promotes the following benefits of waste reduction:

  • Decreases or eliminates the generation of pollutants and wastes
  • Reduces health and safety risks to workers and the general public
  • Enhances community and employee health
  • Reduces emissions to air and water resources and improves the ambient environment
  • Establishes proactive environmental management
Economic Benefits
  • Saves money by reducing the quantity of materials and resources used
  • Extends the useful life of disposal facilities
  • Can reduce waste collection costs
  • Reduces worker and environmental liability
  • Reduces energy costs through energy efficiency and conservation
  • Supports operational efficiency and lowers production costs
  • Eliminates unnecessary environmental remediation
  • Improves employee morale, teamwork and productivity
  • Slows consumption of valuable nonrenewable resources
  • Encourages the development of new technologies
  • Serves as a tool for achieving sustainable economic development

Regulatory Benefits
  • Promotes environmental regulatory compliance
  • Assists wastewater treatment plants in reducing toxins and maintaining regulatory compliance
  • Supports environmental management planning and protection of natural resources
  • Leads to public-private partnerships and enhanced communications
  • Promotes voluntary compliance and improves relations with the regulated community
Tips for Organizing Successful Activities for National Pollution Prevention Week

Additional Resources

Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance web site: or call 651-296-3417 or toll-free 800-657-3843.

National Association of Counties web site:

National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (contact Michele Russo) at (202) 466-P2P2 or by e-mail at for more information on P2 Week, the MVP2 Awards program or for a copy of any of the P2 Week Posters

P2RIC is a member of the Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange, a national network of regional information centers: NEWMOA (northeast), ESRC (southeast), GLRPPR (Great Lakes), ZeroWasteNet (southwest), P2RIC (plains), Peaks to Prairies (mountain), WSPPN (Pacific southwest), PPRC (northwest).
The Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) operates the Pollution Prevention Regional Information Center.
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