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.

Activities

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

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

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

 

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