Plan a Pollution Prevention Week

One week can make a difference with your company or business. Raising awareness to your employees and customers can help educate further practices outside a Pollution Prevention Week.

Various awards are available for those organizations that show accomplishments in the area of Pollution Prevention. For example, the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable annually holds a Most Valuable Pollution Prevention Awards (MVP2) ceremony to honor the most innovative and successful P2 programs in the country.


Suggested Activities for National Pollution Prevention Week

  • Hold a pollution prevention business fair
  • Set up mentorship programs
  • Hold facility tours of “clean shops”
  • Host a workshop on pollution prevention for regulatory compliance and cost savings
  • Provide a focus on “green” office purchasing
  • Recognize employees who have demonstrated commitment to pollution prevention
  • Distribute promotional materials on your current activities
  • Host a brown bag lunch or breakfast seminar on P2
  • Provide on-site prevention audits or technical assistance to others
  • Tell other businesses about your P2 activities
  • Evaluate existing waste practices and P2 options
  • Conduct in-house training on P2
  • Hold a “Convert a Paper Document to Electronic Format Day”
  • Hold a “Reuse Inter-office Envelopes Day”
  • Distribute industry-specific P2 fact sheets
  • Organize a contest to reward employees for developing P2 ideas
  • Visit local schools and educate kids on P2 concepts they can do at home
  • Carpool to work
  • If you do not have a recycling program, start one
  • Bring your lunch to work or walk to the nearest eatery instead of driving
  • Use reusable containers, cups, and flatware for meals
  • Coordinate a hazardous waste collection
  • Provide assistance to teachers on P2 curricula
  • Look for ways to reduce your wastewaters
  • Hold a “Bike-To-Work” day
  • Distribute payroll stuffers announcing events such as ride shares


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

  • Identify the key stakeholders and get their input and cooperation
  • Hold regular planning meetings
  • Plan activities that are well-suited for your agency, industry, or community
  • Contact others who have held successful P2 activities. Have a clear vision of how you want your activity to turn out
  • Determine the target audience of your activity
  • Co-promote and co-produce activities with other organizations and individuals
  • Widely promote your activities

Additional Resources

2015: Celebrating 25 Years of P2

25 Years Preventing Pollution: A Retrospective Report