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National Pollution Prevention Week activity ideas

 

Pollution Prevention.. . . Where Sustainable Practices Begin!: That's the theme of this year’s National Pollution Prevention (P2) week, Sept. 15-21.  Pollution Prevention essentially means source reduction, since it’s easier to prevent pollution in the first place than to have to clean it up afterwards. The US Forest Service's "Woodsy Owl" was an early and effective advocate of pollution preventionDNREC’s P2 Program invites everyone to take a look at their typical day at work, home, or school and try to identify ways to prevent pollution, not just for P2 week but for everyday.

Pollution Prevention is not only a great way to help preserve our environment; it is an easy way to save money and improve the health of your family. Here are some ideas for participating:

At Work:

  • Carpool, bicycle, walk, or take mass transportation to work.
  • Use reusable lunch containers instead of paper and plastic bags.
  • Use a copier that prints on both sides of the paper to reduce paper use.
  • Use reusable cups for coffee and other beverages.
  • Share the benefits of a recycling program with management.
  • Look into the installation of energy saving lights.

At Home:

  • Turn down the heat or air conditioning at night. Turn off lights and appliances when not in use; install sensors where appropriate.
  • Replace incandescent light bulbs with energy efficient fluorescent ones. 
  • Increase the amount of insulation in your home to reduce heat loss.
  • Minimize water use by purchasing efficient toilets, faucets, and shower heads.
  • Buy less toxic cleaning supplies or make your own.  Baking soda and water can be used instead of ammonia-based all-purpose cleaners.
  • Reuse grocery bags by taking them with you to the store. 

At School:

  • Pack kids lunches in reusable containers instead of disposable brown and plastic bags.
  • Maintain heaters, air conditioners, refrigerators, and other energy using equipment to reduce the amount of energy used.
  • Print copies on both sides of each sheet of paper.
  • Use washable dishes in the cafeteria.
  • Start an Eco-Club or form a P2 Team consisting of students, teachers, and school administrators to implement P2 actions for the year.

Delaware’s Pollution Prevention staff is available to answer questions, give presentations, and conduct courtesy site visits. Contact Alex.Hense@state.de.us or (302) 739-9909

Delaware’s Pollution Prevention program also is doing its part to celebrate National P2 Week by promoting businesses and industries across the state that have adopted P2 practices.

Here's what the P2 staff has planned for Pollution Prevention week in Delaware.

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