This pilot project evaluated pollution prevention opportunities available to small contractors and individual custodians working in the Janitorial Industry. It was a project in the San Francisco area sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The purposes of the project was to learn what needs janitors have for health, safety, and environmental information, and to identify the best ways to provide the needed information.


This report describes common architectural uses of copper, and then estimates how much of this copper corrodes and is released into the environment.

Dental Chemical Use

The purpose of this website is to help dental professionals make informed choices about their chemical selection and use.

Persistent, Bioaccumulative, and Toxic Chemicals

Persistent, Bioaccumulative and Toxic chemicals, or PBTs. These include such infamous substances as PCBs, dioxins and furans; heavy metals such as lead, mercury, and chromium; existing and banned pesticides; and other chemicals with PBT characteristics.

Hospital Waste

U.S. EPA Region 9 and Hospitals for a Healthy Environment are working with State and Local agencies and organizations to offer workshops with cost-effective, pollution prevention tools for healthcare facilities.

IRTA Adhesive Technology in the Foam, Furniture & Bedding Industry

IRTA collaborated on the DfE Adhesives Technologies Partnership works with industry members; federal, state and local governments; and public interest groups to develop alternative solvents and processes for adhesive technologies. Project partners are working to mitigate the health and environmental impacts posed by adhesives used in numerous manufacturing industries.

Water-based Parts Washing

The Institute for Research and Technical Assistance’s Pollution Prevention Center have developed 3 new guidance documents regarding water-based cleaning.

IRTA Solvent Alternatives

Institute for Research and Technical Assistance (a nonprofit organization) aims are three-fold: 1. To identify, develop, test and demonstrate safer alternatives in a variety of applications, with an emphasis on solvents, 2. To demonstrate and evaluate new and emerging technologies and processes, 3. To work with regulators to ensure sensible policies are implemented