Toxic Reduction and Safer Alternatives

​Businesses have a large role to play in reducing waste, pollution and impacts on global climate change.
The best way to reduce waste and other pollution is to avoid producing it in the first place. Pollution prevention is any activity that avoids, eliminates, or reduces the creation of pollutants at the source.

The benefits to your business are:

  • Reduced operating costs
  • Reduced compliance costs
  • Reduced liability
  • Increased productivity
  • Increased marketability as a "green" business; and
  • Even possibly increased profits.
Explore the Pollution Prevention (P2) Top Ten Actions and links below for resources and ideas to help your business step forward into sustainable and earth-friendly operations.
The links and documents posted below are provided by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and our partner agencies in the community.
  1. Develop a Plan
  2. Avoid Producing Waste
  3. Find Alternatives to Toxic Chemicals
  4. Conserve Energy
  5. Maintain Good Housekeeping
    • Best Practices for Preventative Housekeeping
    • Minimizing Hazardous Spills
  6. Convert to Green Operations
  7. Conserve and Protect Water
  8. Recycle or Exchange Waste
  9. Borrow Ideas from Others
  10. Let Us Help
​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.

Green building

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.

Product stewardship

Product stewardship 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