Pollution Prevention ABCs

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Pollution prevention (P2) is good for business. The following P2 ideas can help you save money and improve employee and public relations.

  • Avoid using aerosol spray cans.
  • Buy low-emission equipment.
  • Conserve energy and purchase energy efficient equipment.
  • Drive less; cars and trucks cause approximately half of our smog-forming air pollution.
  • Educate yourself and your employees; learn as much as possible about air pollution.
  • Focus on pollution prevention. Ask yourself, “Is this the most efficient way to do this?”
  • Get certified by Santa Barbara County’s Green Business Program.
  • Have your vendor give you information on water-based or  low-polluting alternatives to the solvents, coatings, adhesives, and paints you use.
  • Increase efficiency and minimize waste.
  • Join government-industry partnerships for innovative ways to reduce pollution and save money.
  • Keep all solvents, paints, and adhesives covered when not in use.
  • Label all containers to prevent mistakes that might result in wastes requiring disposal.
  • Maintain equipment and processes in good working order to avoid leaks and spills.
  • Never top-off your car’s tank when buying gasoline.
  • Oil: recycle it. Contact the Community Environmental Council, 805-963-0583, for information on how and where to recycle your used motor oil.
  • Publicize your pollution prevention efforts.
  • Quantify the amount of pollution and waste your business creates. How can you reduce waste and save money through lower permit and disposal costs?
  • Reduce, reuse, and recycle paper, aluminum, cardboard, glass, and more! Landfills and the transport of solid waste cause air pollution, too.
  • Smog Check: participate in the Smog Check program and do not remove smog control equipment. Tampering is illegal, expensive, and does not improve a car’s performance.
  • Telecommute: work at home when your work allows it. Help develop a telecommuting pilot project for your company.
  • Use a broom; leafblowers stir up fine particles and move the problem somewhere else. In an hour, a gas powered leaf blower can pollute as much as some cars.
  • Vanpool; help set up vanpools for employees with long commutes. Call 805-963-SAVE.
  • When replacing equipment, buy energy-efficient or low-polluting models.
  • Xeriscape with slow-growing, drought-tolerant plants to save water and reduce yard waste.
  • Your efforts make a difference!
  • Zero emissions: the next time you buy a car, consider a partial zero-emission vehicle (PZEV) or Super Ultra Low Emission vehicle (SULEV).

Remember, a P2 program is never finished. It is an ongoing and integral part of the way you do business. For more information on what you can do to prevent pollution, or for a copy of our more detailed introduction to Pollution Prevention at Your Business, e-mail or call the APCD’s Business Assistance Line at 805-961-8868.

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El Distrito tiene nuevos números de teléfono para comunicarse con el personal directamente, así como también para todas nuestras líneas telefónicas, incluyendo nuestro número principal y el de las Quejas. Puede encontrar nuestros nuevos números de teléfono en esta página web.