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Resources and Links

These links provide additional information about pollution prevention topics and related issues.


  • Recyclables vary from locality to locality. For comprehensive information about what you can put in your home or office recycling bin, contact the recycler directly. DEQ's Land Protection and Revitalization Division has a listing of Virginia Regional Recycling Programs.
  • You can also find out where to recycle items in your area with the Earth 911 Recycling Center Search.
  • Recycle Right - When items that cannot be recycled end up in the recycling bin, the whole bin may be destined for the landfill. These non-recyclable items are called contaminants. Contamination can either be incorrect materials in the recycling bin or when correct items are prepared the wrong way (i.e. food residue in containers, recycling in plastic bags, etc.). When foods and liquids are in a recycling container they can saturate tons of otherwise good paper and cardboard that they come into contact with, making the paper and cardboard unsuitable for recycling. Paper products with grease or food reside, such as pizza boxes, shouldn't be put in the recycling bin. When contamination in a load of recycling becomes too great, the items will be sent to the landfill, even if some of them would have been viable for recycling. Everyone has a role to play in recycling the right items in the right way. Here are a few simple rules:
    • Keep food and liquids out - empty and rinse out containers before recycling them.
    • No expanded polystyrene foam in the recycling bin, such as disposable coffee cups, plates, coolers or cushioning material.
    • Plastic film should not be put in your home or work recycling bin. Plastic bags wrap around the gears of a sorting machine causing the plant to shut down in order to remove them. Bags should go back to grocery store collection bins.
    • Never put hoses, batteries, wire, electronics, needles or other dangerous items in your recycling bin.

Sustainable Buildings

U.S. General Services Administration's Sustainable Facilities Tool: This tool is a one-stop online resource to support decision-making regarding sustainable building principles, materials, and systems.  Targeted to help project personnel identify and prioritize cost-effective, sustainable strategies for small projects that do not normally engage workplace consultants or designers, the tool helps users understand and select environmentally preferable solutions for renovations, alterations and leases.  Key features of the tool include a 3-D interactive walkthrough of office interiors and material comparisons that prompt visitors to consider multiple aspects of office performance, and suggest detailed material and system choices to help green the workplace.  The website also features sustainable metrics, links to essential regulations and guidelines, case studies, and an easy to navigate user interface. For Federal users, it provides useful information to meet and exceed sustainability mandates.

"Lean Ecology" Resources

Lean Ecology is the bridge that joins productivity and profit with pollution prevention and environmental responsibility.  Taiichi Ohno, the "father" of the Toyota Production System (also known as Lean), said that "the basis of [Lean] is the absolute elimination of waste."  It is through this aggressive reduction of waste that companies throughout the world are enjoying breakthrough productivity gains.  The "absolute elimination of waste" aligns with the goals of those who care about pollution prevention and reducing environmental impact.  Lean provides a proven method to make those reductions a reality.

  • EPA's Lean Toolkit: This toolkit is intended to enable Lean practitioners to improve both their business performance and their environmental performance by identifying and eliminating environmental wastes at their organizations.  The toolkit offers practical strategies and tools for integrating environmental considerations into Lean initiatives in ways that support Lean’s focus on the elimination of waste and non-value added activity.

Pollution Prevention Information

  • EPA Greener Products Web Portal: The site is designed to help the user navigate the increasingly important and complex world of greener products.  It allows users to search for EPA programs related to greener products based on the type of user and their specific product interests.  It also links to additional greener products information from EPA and other sources.  
  • P2InfoHouse: The Pollution Prevention InfoHouse is a searchable collection of more than 50,000 P2 related publications, fact sheets, case studies and technical reports. The site is hosted by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. 


  • Industrial Assessment Centers Database: A collection of recommendations developed from in-depth assessments of facilities to find potential opportunities for savings through energy efficiency improvements, waste minimization and pollution prevention, and productivity improvement.

Other P2 topics

P2 Climate Change Tools

  • EPA created the Recycled Content (ReCon) Tool to help companies and individuals estimate life-cycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and energy impacts from purchasing and/or manufacturing materials with varying degrees of post-consumer recycled content.
  • The Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator expresses quantities of GHGs in terms of metrics such as number of cars, gallons of gasoline, acres of forest, etc. This calculator is useful for expressing GHG reductions or emissions in a way that is easier to comprehend.
  • EPA's Waste Reduction (WARM) Model is a tool that calculates and totals greenhouse gas emissions of baseline and alternative waste management practices: source reduction, recycling, combustion, composting, and landfilling.

Information on Compliance with Regulations




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