Pollution Prevention Techniques

In the current working definition used by the EPA, source reduction and recycling are considered the most viable pollution prevention techniques, preceding treatment and disposal. A detailed flow diagram, providing an in-depth approach to pollution prevention, is shown in Figure 3.3.1.

Of the two approaches, source reduction is usually preferable to recycling from an environmental perspective. Source reduction and recycling are comprised of a number of practices and approaches which are shown in Figure 3.3.2.

A pollution prevention assessment involves three main steps as shown in Figure 3.3.3. This section focuses on defining the problem and developing pollution prevention strategies.

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