Pollution Prevention

Pollution prevention (P2) is about anticipating and preventing pollution instead of reacting to it after the fact. Pollution prevention does not stand alone; it is part of an ongoing pollution management approach that is comprised of prevention, control and clean-up.

Minimizing or avoiding the creation of pollutants and wastes can be more effective in protecting the environment than treating them, or cleaning them up after they have been created. This approach, called "pollution prevention", is needed to secure a safe and healthy environment and a sound and prosperous economy. It is a key component of environmental protection and sustainable development.

The federal government believes that pollution prevention is the most effective means of protecting our environment, eliminating costly waste, and promoting sustainable development. P2 focuses on avoiding the creation of pollutants rather than trying to manage them after they have been created.