Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) officials have announced that Governor Douglas A. Ducey has designated the week of Sept. 21-27 by proclamation as P2 Week. ADEQ invites the general public, schools, local governments, and businesses to be a part of P2 Week by incorporating activities in your daily routine that reduce, reuse and recycle waste.
Governor Ducey noted that “National Pollution Prevention Week is an opportunity for government and the private sector to acknowledge the benefits of pollution prevention and work collaboratively toward a prosperous future.”
ADEQ encourages all Arizonans to support its mission of protecting and enhancing public health and the environment by getting involved in P2 Week and trying a few P2 activities that apply P2 principles and engaging neighbors and colleagues in the dialogue. ADEQ offers the following resources to help you make a positive impact:
- Visit the ADEQ interactive “P2 House” at http://www.azdeq.gov/environ/waste/p2/house.html for home pollution prevention tips.
- Check out ADEQ’s Arizona Children’s Environmental Health Program Tools for Schools at https://www.azdeq.gov/ceh/tools.html.
- Learn more about recycling at http://www.azdeq.gov/environ/waste/solid/recycle.html.
- Businesses and municipalities can be proactive and get recognized through ADEQ’s Voluntary Environmental Stewardship Program at https://www.azdeq.gov/vesp.html.
- Help for rural communities through ADEQ’s Small Communities Environmental Compliance Assistance Program is found here http://www.azdeq.gov/function/compliance/smallcomm.html.
- Take the Food Recovery Challenge, visit http://www2.epa.gov/sustainable-management-food.
ADEQ also will host free P2 webinars during P2 Week that showcase examples of successful strategies implemented by ADEQ P2 Program participants, which in addition to reducing pollution, increased efficiency and saved money.
“ADEQ is proud to host these free webinars that share valuable, real-world lessons and knowledge about how practicing pollution prevention can increase revenue and create significant cost savings through material and resource conservation and improved efficiency, not to mention lower risk, liability, disposal costs and regulatory burdens, all while facilitating environmental compliance,” said ADEQ Director Misael Cabrera.
Arizona businesses meeting any one of three P2 thresholds are required to create and implement a plan to minimize the use of toxic substances and/or the generation of hazardous waste.
ADEQ encourages Arizona businesses and the interested public to register for the following free educational webinars:
Tues., Sept. 22, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. MST
P2 Webinar Registration URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5057893494500977410
Presenters: Praxair Electronics Kingman, Luke Air Force Base and Freescale Semiconductor
Topics: reducing electrical consumption and hazardous waste, groundwater ‘pump and treat’ alternatives, recycling, and conserving water
Wed., Sept. 23, 2015 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. MST
Webinar Registration URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1899572732032862209
Presenters: Frito Lay, Arizona State University and Corning Gilbert
Topics: clean transportation, water reuse, alternative energy, organic fertilizers, recycling, and waste reduction