Pollution Prevention Week focuses on economic benefits

September 18, 2012

By Staff

NEW — 10 a.m. Sept. 18, 2012

Leaders touted the economic benefits of pollution prevention as Washington marks Pollution Prevention Week.

The effort is meant to highlight efforts to save money and protect the environment by reducing or eliminating pollution at the source.

The observance, from Sept. 17-23, coincides with National Pollution Prevention (P2) Week.

The state Department of Ecology said the economic benefits of pollution prevention include greater business efficiency, increased competitiveness, less exposure to risks, and reduced costs for regulatory monitoring, fees and paperwork.

Some of Washington’s largest businesses reported saving $45 million since 2005 through the agency’s Pollution Prevention Planning program.

Managing toxic pollution and waste benefits industry by lowering a operational and environmental compliance costs.

The practice also includes environmental and public health benefits, such as cleaner air and water, fewer greenhouse gas emissions, less toxic waste to manage, greater workplace safety and better stewardship of natural resources.

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