Pollution Prevention (P2) is the application of methods to reduce or prevent the creation of wastes at their source. Pollution prevention methods identify and/or use environmentally friendly alternative processes or materials wherever possible to reduce wastes. These wastes typically cannot be recycled, reused or could be harmful to human health and the environment.
Benefits of Pollution Prevention
The potential for monetary savings is a major reason for businesses to implement P2. Pollution prevention can save money by reducing costs associated with; waste storage and disposal, regulatory reporting, and sewer surcharges. Reducing waste at the source before it becomes a pollutant that must be treated or disposed of makes good business sense. Examples of common cost effective P2 practices:
- Preventive maintenance
- Fixing a water leak
- Recycling or reusing materials and byproducts
- Substituting for less toxic chemicals/materials in a process
- Engineering--out processes that create harmful wastes
By implementing these practices a company can:
- Decrease operating expenses
- Reduce employee exposure to harmful substances
- Reduce harmful emissions and environmental liability
- Conserve resources
Byproducts are materials that result from sewer treatment or the generation of electricity. Our goal is to reuse 100 percent of our byproducts in an environmentally sensitive manner.
Mercury Reduction Program
While compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) use less energy and last longer, they also contain a very small amount of mercury. To help prevent improper CFL disposal that could introduce mercury into the environment, we teamed up with the City of Jacksonville and local retailers to provide you with convenient locations to drop off your used CFLs.
We’re also working with the Northeast Florida District Dental Association to ensure mercury in dental amalgam is collected and sent to mercury recovery companies for recycling. Check out our best management practices guide for dentists who work with amalgam mercury.
To learn more, visit our links and resources located under Guides and Best Management Practices.