P2 Training


Feeling Overwhelmed? There’s a lot of information about pollution prevention or (P2). Here’s an easy guide for how to find information and training materials online.

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Pollution Prevention Definition

Pollution prevention means source reduction. (as defined under the Pollution Prevention Act) and other practices that reduce or eliminate the creation of pollutants through:

  • increased efficiency in the use of raw materials, energy, water, or other resources, or
  • protection of natural resources by conservation.

The Pollution Prevention Act defines source reduction to mean any practice

  • reduces the amount of any hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant entering any waste stream or otherwise released into the environment (including fugitive emissions) prior to recycling, treatment, or disposal
  • reduces the hazards to public health and the environment associated with the release of such substances, pollutants, or contaminants.

Under the Pollution Prevention Act, recycling, energy recovery, treatment and disposal are not included within the definition of pollution prevention. Some practices commonly described as .in-process recycling may qualify as pollution prevention.
From Hank Habicht’s EPA memorandum of May 28, 1992.