Pollution Prevention (P2) Planning Program

ADEQ’s Pollution Prevention Planning Program (P2) assists certain businesses in reducing toxic substances at their source, minimizing the generation of hazardous waste and preventing the release of pollutants into the environment. To accomplish this, these businesses must implement a P2 Plan.

What is a P2 Plan?

A P2 Plan is a management document that provides information on facility operations that directly or indirectly produce waste or use toxic substances. The plan involves:

  • Recording the facility’s toxic substance use, emissions and waste from current work practices
  • Outlining potential P2 opportunities and providing specific performance goals, including a schedule for implementing pollution prevention activities
  • Documenting that the facility has performed a rigorous P2 assessment
  • Recognizing past P2 activities that have already been completed at the facility, when available

P2 Objectives

As Arizona grows, so does the generation of hazardous waste and the use of toxic substances. A great way for businesses and citizens to improve our environment is to reduce this growth without shifting the pollutant release between land, water or air. The purpose of the P2 Planning Program is to:

  • Reduce the use of toxic substances and hazardous waste generation in our state
  • Emphasize the preference for source reduction over recycling, waste treatment or disposal
  • Encourage reduction through methods such as substitution with a less toxic chemical and product reformulation
  • Implement process modification
  • Improve housekeeping
  • Promote recycling/reclamation
  • Promote conservation and waste minimization

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