May 14, 2024

Pollution Prevention Resources and Tools

Pollution prevention (P2) fundamentally differs from waste disposal, treatment, or recycling—it stops waste from being generated in the first place. As the preferred method in EPA’s waste management hierarchy, P2 can reduce financial and environmental costs associated with waste handling, health problems, and ecological damage. Prevention practices can be applied to all pollution-generating activities, including those in the energy, agriculture, federal, consumer, and industrial sectors. In early 2024, EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention launched its P2 Hub Resources Center, offering business and technical assistance providers P2 resources and tools. Among other resources, the P2 Hub includes:

State and tribal entities seeking to implement a P2 approach but concerned about upfront costs may be interested in the P2 grant program. The program accepts applications for six types of grants every two to five years, with one award pool as high as $100 million.


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