Pollution prevention is reducing or eliminating waste at the source by modifying production processes, promoting the use of nontoxic or less toxic substances, implementing conservation techniques, and reusing materials rather than putting them into the waste stream.
DEQ’s Green Building Program
focuses on reducing the environmental effects of building material consumption over the lifecycle of residential homes. This page summarizes DEQ’s current and recent work in this field.
is an environmental management strategy in which all parties involved in the design, production, sale and use of a product take responsibility for minimizing the product’s environmental impact throughout all stages of the product’s life. The greatest responsibility lies with whoever has the most ability to affect the lifecycle environmental impacts of the product.
DEQ supports product stewardship principles and the product stewardship approach as a way to:
- Reduce overall environmental impacts from the manufacture, use and disposal of products
- Increase reuse and recycling
- Reduce toxics and waste generation
- Shift the cost of managing waste products at the end of their useful life from government to those who produce and use the products