Pollution Prevention Program
Be a Green Business!
The Hazardous Materials Division (HMD) meets periodically with industry, business representatives and community groups to identify better ways to meet the needs of both, the businesses community and the general public in San Diego County. In the year 2000, these meetings identified the need for a program that would provide assistance to small businesses in incorporating pollution prevention into their operations. To fulfill that need, the HMD established in 2001 the Pollution Prevention Program.
The HMD Pollution Prevention Program focuses in helping businesses reduce their generation of hazardous and solid waste. Pollution Prevention emphasizes the elimination or reduction of wastes/toxicity at the source of generation or source reduction. The preferred waste hierarchy starts with source reduction as the priority (not generating waste in the first place or using input materials with lower toxicity levels) then reuse, recycling, energy recovery, treatment and finally, disposal.
|Pollution prevention can be accomplished by:|
|Making purchasing decisions that are environmentally preferable such as choosing less toxic or recycled content product, and using products that are reusable instead of disposable.