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PPRC has several projects and presentations demonstrating alternatives for some of the higher-toxicity solvents used in industry and the service sector. Solvents are valuable in parts cleaning and degreasing, most often to prepare metal or plastic or composite part surfaces for a coating, plating, etching, or other treatment.    Other solvent…
P2 Roundtable
P2 West: Inspiration, Innovation, & Implementation
The P2 West: Inspiration, Innovation and Implementation Conference is an EPA Region 9 and 10 Pollution Prevention Regional Roundtable partnership.  This premier event brought together hundreds of P2 Technical Assistance Providers, Green Business Programs, Sustainability Experts, and Zero Waste and Pretreatment Professionals working with…
  Oregon DEQ and PPRC Present the    Oregon Metals Industry Roundtable   Oregon metal shops, finishers, and manufacturers are invited to join your peers in a series of free, voluntary, non-regulatory industry roundtables to identify, share, and get technical assistance for best practices in reducing chemical hazards. Roundtables include presentation(s) and…
As of 2019, there may have been as many as 21,000 dry cleaning operations in the U.S.  (EPA, 2019), however with onset of COVID-19, the number of operations has declined. Three chemicals, trichloroethylene (TCE), perchloroethylene (PERC), and n-propyl bromide (nPB), pose significant health and environmental concerns.  All three have…
Boatyard managers and boat owners are essential to preserving water quality and healthy marine life.  Here is a short introduction to antifouling paint additives, aquatic impacts, followed by several best practice factsheets and videos below. By nature and intended purpose, antifouling additives in hull paints (also called biocides) are toxic…
It is important for owners and technicians in an automotive repair shop to be informed of the chemicals contained in the products they use as well as having good working habits to reduce liability and to improve the business’s bottom line.
EcoBiz is a business certification program that recognizes businesses for adopting exceptional environmental business practices. Currently EcoBiz certifications are available for two sectors: automotive services and landscaping.
Fats, Oils, and Grease (aka FOG) can wreak havoc on wastewater infrastructure, especially in areas without resources to deal with the stuff. PPRC is providing technical assistance training workshops to rural communities throughout the Northwest to reduce the harmful impacts of FOG.
The Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC) is currently providing Spray Technique Analysis and Research (STAR®) and NESHAP training to painters and paint instructors. The STAR® program was developed by the Iowa Waste Reduction Center (IWRC) at the University of Northern Iowa and is dedicated to improving the overall efficiency of manual spray coating operations by enhancing the techniques of spray technicians.
The P2 Measurement Tool is a web-based tool that meets the need for an effective, efficient way for analyzing and presenting P2 results regionally as well as nationwide.

Past Projects

By organizing a group purchase, or “bulk buy,” the campaign aims to help Kirkland residents and businesses achieve an affordable and successful solar installation.
PPRC is partnering with the Washington Department of Ecology to promote the adoption of safer chemicals in products and manufacturing processes. While businesses are all too aware of the costs and risks of hazardous chemical use, identifying and adopting safer chemical alternatives poses significant challenges.
By-Product Synergy NW (BPS NW) is a Northwest public-private partnership aimed at reducing waste going to landfill while taking a closed loop approach to materials and resources on a regional basis.
The Climate Change Topic Hub is a resource for technical assistance providers, as well as others, to help business, industry, and government complete a greenhouse gas inventory and create that necessary baseline.
The P2 Measurement Tool is a web-based tool that meets the need for an effective, efficient way for analyzing and presenting P2 results regionally as well as nationwide.
This project will achieve significant reduction in diesel emissions by installing aerodynamic side skirts for over 2,000 truck trailers and will enable Tacoma’s Interstate Distributor Co. to implement one of the trucking industry's largest installations of aerodynamic trailer side skirts to date.

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