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Pollution Prevention for Business

MassDEP Pollution Prevention (P2) for business entities modified for the Town of Danvers publication

What is Pollution Prevention?

Pollution prevention (P2) is a combination of activities that reduce or eliminate the amount of possible chemical contaminants at the business or prevent these chemicals from entering the environment or waste stream.

A successful Pollution Prevention program will consider how to use raw materials, water energy, and other resources more efficiently, how to substitute less harmful substances for more hazardous ones and examine whether toxic substances can be eliminated from the business.

Source reduction is the preferred method of P2 and allows for the most significant improvements in environmental protection by avoiding the generation of waste in the first place.  Reuse/ recycling and energy recovery are also good tools to reduce potential environmental problems, and also can be used to lower the cost of business.

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