PRESS RELEASE | ADEQ celebrates how effective pollution prevention plans can protect the environment and save money

Join us in observing Pollution Prevention Week, September 16 – 22, 2019

PHOENIX (September 11, 2019) – Preventing the release of pollutants into the environment is an important part of protecting and enhancing public health and the environment of Arizona. Next week, the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) celebrates Pollution Prevention (P2) Week and the success of our State’s P2 Program, which saves businesses and taxpayers money and conserves Arizona’s natural resources for future generations.

Arizona Pollution Prevention Week Governor’s Proclamation | View >

Since it was started in 1991, ADEQ’s P2 Program has:

  • Conserved nearly 4 billion gallons of water | enough water to supply more than 72,000 Arizona households for a year
  • Prevented the use of nearly 24,000 tons of toxic substances
  • Diverted more than 260,000 tons of solid waste
  • Prevented generation of nearly 44,000 tons of hazardous waste
  • Saved more than 1 billion kilowatt hours of electrical energy | enough energy to power more than 97,000 Arizona households for a year
  • Prevented creation of more than 876 million gallons of wastewater
  • Led to a net cost-savings of over $380 million for participants

“Our Pollution Prevention program was one of the first in the nation and continues to help businesses, schools and local government with innovative solutions to reduce their impacts on the environment and save money that can be directed to other valuable efforts,” said Laura Malone, ADEQ Waste Programs Division Director. “With more than 370 facilities in the state already participating, we continue to grow our efforts in preventing pollution from reaching our air, water and land each year.”

ADEQ Pollution Prevention Program | Learn More >

Share in the celebration and tell us how you are preventing pollution with #P2Week2019 on social media. We’ll also be posting about the efforts of Arizona schools and businesses who are reducing their impact of our environment.

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Contact

ADEQ Public Information Officer | 602-771-2215 (office) | 602-540-8072 (cell) | pio@azdeq.govE-mail >