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Toxics & Waste Reduction


    Toxics and Waste Reduction

    Source reduction helps provide efficient environmental protection by avoiding toxics and harmful emissions. PPRC has been at the forefront of developing partnerships that help to address these issues of reducing emissions while improving economic vitality. Here are some of the current projects we are involved with:
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.
Under new stormwater regulations, industries are responsible for their contributions to polluted waterways. The WA Industrial Stormwater General Permit, for example, sets discharge limits on metals, fertilizers, and other indicators of water quality. Increasingly, businesses need a Stormwater Pollution Prevention plan..
The Motivation Green Chemistry holds the promise to create healthier and less wasteful products, processes, and working environments. But what if the labs in which chemicals are used and created are themselves unhealthy and wasteful? Laboratories serve as logical places to start implementing greener practices. PPRC is partnering with the…
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.
The Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC) is currently providing Spray Technique Analysis and Research (STARĀ®) and NESHAP training to painters and paint instructors. The STARĀ® 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.

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