Protecting Public Health and the Environment.
DEQ is firmly committed to encouraging and empowering Idaho citizens, businesses and communities to engage in behaviors to protect public health and preserve Idaho's environment. One of the major ways we seek to achieve this goal is to build the capabilities of Idaho citizens to incorporate pollution prevention practices into the workplace and their daily lives. Pollution prevention (P2) is any activity—including the use of materials, processes, or practices—that reduces or eliminates the creation of pollutants or waste at the source. Strategies to achieve this objective include:
DEQ also seeks to lead by example by developing and practicing internal policies and procedures to prevent pollution, conserve resources, and mentor stakeholders on how to pursue and achieve similar results.
Pollution prevention can be employed by businesses, citizens, local governments, and schools. It's not difficult. In fact, in many cases, it's just plain common sense!
P2 is any activity that reduces or eliminates the creation of pollutants or waste at the source. Instead of focusing on how to dispose of waste, P2 focuses on not creating the waste in the first place. It can include reductions in or elimination of the use of materials, processes, or practices. Learn more.
Pollution prevention pays! Businesses can achieve increased productivity and lower operating costs as well as safer conditions for workers and reduced future liability. Learn more.
We can all reduce our environmental footprint by practicing pollution prevention. Actions as simple as driving less, using pesticides and fertilizers sparingly, and conserving electricity and water can have a big impact! Find out ways you can participate.
Communities can be pollution prevention leaders by making a few easy changes to their internal operations and adopting policies to encourage citizen awareness and participation in pollution prevention. Learn more.
Many pollution prevention opportunities are available to schools and students. DEQ's Chemical Roundup Program is aimed at helping schools rid themselves of dangerous laboratory chemicals, while the Clean Air Zone and Waste-Free Lunches Programs will help control air pollution and minimize waste at schools. Learn more.
Pollution Prevention Projects CoordinatorBen JarvisDEQ State OfficeEnvironmental Management & Information Division1410 N. HiltonBoise, ID 83706(208) firstname.lastname@example.org
Pollution Prevention (P2) Pays
National Pollution Prevention Laws and Policy