P2 Annual Progress Report (APR) Submission Period
May 15 @ 8:00 am - July 1 @ 5:00 pm
Pollution prevention (P2) is any practice that reduces, eliminates, or prevents pollution at its source, also known as “source reduction.” Source reduction is fundamentally different and more desirable than recycling, treatment and disposal. There are significant opportunities for industry to reduce or prevent pollution at the source through cost-effective changes in production, operation, and raw materials use. The opportunities for source reduction are often not realized because existing regulations focus upon treatment and disposal.
The Pollution Prevention Act establishes a national policy that EPA implements:
Pollution should be prevented or reduced at the source whenever feasible;
Pollution that cannot be prevented should be recycled in an environmentally safe manner whenever feasible;
Pollution that cannot be prevented or recycled should be treated in an environmentally safe manner whenever feasible; and
Disposal or other release into the environment should be employed only as a last resort and should be conducted in an environmentally safe manner.