Emissions Reduction

Pollution Prevention Opportunities


Waste and emission reductions can be achieved through pollution prevention (P2) practices. This can be accomplished by adopting best management practices and cleaner production technologies such as reducing material inputs, re-engineering processes to reuse by-products, improving management practices, and substituting toxic chemicals with those less toxic. Some smaller facilities are able to actually get below regulatory thresholds by reducing pollutant releases through aggressive pollution prevention policies.

The Pollution Prevention Act of 1990 established a national policy of managing waste through source reduction. The spirit of this legislation is to practice preventing the generation of waste. The Pollution Prevention Act also established as national policy a hierarchy of waste management options for situations in which source reduction is not feasible. In the waste management hierarchy, if source reduction is not feasible the next alternative is recycling of wastes, followed by energy recovery, and waste treatment as a last alternative.

This section provides general and company-specific descriptions of some pollution prevention advances that have been implemented within the fertilizer, pesticide, and agricultural chemical industry. Table 2.6 provides examples of successful P2 practices and may be used as a guide to generating ideas and or the adoption of practices.

Text source: Nicholas P Cheremisinoff and Paul E. Rosenfeld, 2010. Handbook of Pollution Prevention and Cleaner Production: Best Practices in the Agrochemical Industry. Retrieved from https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/B9781437778250000029