What is P2?

Pollution prevention (P2) means reducing or eliminating pollution at the source so that it never enters the environment in the first place. P2 is a proactive approach to environmental management. It’s not the same same as pollution control, which is managing pollution at the "end of the pipe" after it has been created.

Pollution prevention has wide-ranging environmental and economic benefits, because it gets at the waste and inefficiencies that are the root causes of pollution. P2’s health and environmental benefits include cleaner air and water, fewer greenhouse gas emissions, less toxic waste to manage, less solid waste going to landfills, greater workplace safety, and better stewardship of natural resources. P2’s economic benefits include greater business efficiency, increased competitiveness, less exposure to risks, and reduced costs for regulatory monitoring, fees and paperwork. If you don’t create pollution, you don’t have to spend money regulating it, handling it, storing it, treating it, or disposing of it.

Making the Business Case for P2

For more information about the economic benefits and many examples of how Northwest businesses have benefitted by preventing pollution, see the brochure P2 Pays.

P2 Methods

Pollution prevention can be accomplished by the following methods:

P2 Topic Hub

For more information and web resources about P2, visit the P2 Topic Hub.