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What is Pollution Prevention (P2)?

Before we define Pollution Prevention (P2), let's start with pollution.  Pollution is waste, or the contamination of air, soil, or water by the discharge of harmful substances.

Very simply, P2 reduces waste. 

All businesses, individuals or families create waste. 

Waste is a bad thing for many reasons.  It takes valuable resources and carelessly squanders them. Waste costs money.  If not properly handled, stored or disposed, waste can potentially contaminate the environment.  Let's look at an example of waste in your home.  

When you brush your teeth, you pay for the water to wet the toothbrush.  The waste you create is the water that goes down the drain.  You pay for that too.  An easy way to prevent pollution when you brush your teeth is to turn the water faucet off after wetting the toothbrush and while brushing. 

How can I prevent pollution at home?

Conserve Energy
Conserve Water
Reduce Solid Waste
Use Less Toxic Products

 Conserve Energy
  • Purchase energy efficient appliances
  • Turn off lights when you leave a room
  • Turn off ceiling fans when you leave a room
  • Use a clothesline to dry clothes
  • Turn down the temperature on your hot water heater
  • Use compact fluorescent light bulbs
  • Keep your car well tuned to conserve gas and reduce
  • Walk, carpool or ride your bike when possible


 Fluorescent light bulbs save energy

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    bathroom faucet with tap running

Conserve Water
  • Fix leaking faucents and toilets
  • Turn off water when brushing teeth
  • Install a low flow toilet
  • Only run the dishwasher or clothes washer with full loads
  • Do not use a timer to irrigate your lawn.  Water only when needed.
  • Use a broom to clean up your sidewalk or driveway instead of a garden hose.

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Reduce Solid Waste
  • Choose durable, reusable goods (for example, don't buy disposable razors, use razors that have replacement blades)
  • Eliminate the use of paper plates and foam cups. Wash and reuse ceramic plates and mugs
  • Compost yard wastes and non-meat kitchen scraps
  • Use cloth napkins
  • Wrap gifts in cartoons or old maps
  • Use rechargable batteries
  • Bring your own shopping bag to the mall or grocery store
  • Borrow, rent or share items that you use infrequently
  • Repair, sell or donated goods when you no longer need them
  • Buy in bulk and avoid products with excessive packaging
  • Buy products made out of recycled materials
 washable, reusable dinnerware



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 Common Sense Pest Control Booklet  Use Less Toxic Products
  • If you change your own oil, recycle the used oil at a service station or recycling center. Many landfills also accept used oil for recycling.
  • When purchasing cleaning supplies, buy as little as you need. Buy less-toxic or nontoxic supplies. Baking soda and water can be used in place of ammonia-based all-purpose cleaners. Instead of purchasing a drain cleaner, mix 1/4 cup baking soda with 1/4 cup vinegar. Other less toxic recipes.
  • Use non-toxic glue and water-based markers for your arts and crafts projects.
  • Use a baking soda paste as a general stain remover. Rub chalk on grease stains prior to washing. Apply butter or margarine to chocolate stains, let set at least 15 minutes and wash.
  • Use herbs, set out a small dish of vanilla or leave an open box of baking soda in the room as an air freshener.
  • Give leftover household hazardous products to someone who can use them (i.e., paints, pesticides, cleaning products, etc.).
  • Use cedar blocks or chips instead of moth balls.
  • Home brewed pest control recipes
  • Use red chili pepper, paprika, or dried peppermint to repel ants.
  • Common Sense Pest Control
  • Find out which companies in your area practice pollution prevention, and patronize their businesses (see the Emerald Award Program for a list of companies that practice P2 in Broward County)
  • Pass the pollution prevention message along and let others know what they can do to prevent pollution. Encourage others to follow these practices.

    For additional information about waste prevention, go to the Waste Regulation site. 


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