Tips to Creating a Successful P2 Program for Your Business

Have a clear understanding of your facilitys P2 direction.

  • Learn the definition of P2 and create a facility or corporate P2 policy.

Develop a method for identifying and documenting wastes and emissions.

Create P2 goals.

  • Develop and communicate facility and/or corporate P2 goals.
  • Incorporate feedback solicited from employees and other sources into corporate and facility goal-setting processes.
  • Consider corporate P2 directives that influence the program.

Appoint a champion, facilitator or point person to lead the program.

  • Encourage management to support P2 and commit necessary resources to support P2 activities. 

Integrate environmental considerations into the business planning process.

  • Make facility P2 goals part of the business planning process.
  • Consider P2, whenever possible, in anticipation of future compliance requirements.
  • Assigned priorities to waste streams.
  • Use cross-functional teams.

Communicate cost-effective benefits of sustainable P2 programs.

Meet a rate of return on P2 Project investments.

  • Use financial and non-financial criteria to evaluate projects.

Track P2 progress and communicate progress with employees

  • Measure progress and periodically publish
  • Communicate results to key people.

Use quality tools in your P2 program.

  • Garner inspiration from tools such as a team-based quality culture, ISO 9000/14000, Pareto principles, total quality management, etc.

Maintain responsibility and accountability for P2 results.

  • Tie waste and emissions accountability to the generating operation.

Pattern P2 programs to suit the facility's culture.

  • Ensure P2 team members have detailed knowledge of their plant culture.

Recognize accomplishments to sustain employees motivation.

  • Provide immediate recognition of early accomplishments to help establish the P2 program.
  • Develop facility and/or corporate-level recognition programs to help sustain employee motivation.

Support facility P2 programs with company resources.

  • Access corporate and external resources to aid P2 efforts (i.e. corporate engineering, marketing, research, laboratories, outside suppliers, etc.)

Develop an effective communication strategy to increase P2 awareness.

  • Utilize communication resources within the facility and community.

Integrate P2 into pre-manufacturing decisions.

  • Begin P2 at research, development and design phases of the product or process.
  • Work with equipment and raw material suppliers and customers to help identify P2 opportunities for products and processes.