Waste “happens” anytime that a material or item either does not serve a purpose for the possessor, or it isn’t utilized in a way that fulfills potential purpose(s). This means that waste generation can occur at any stage before, during, and after production processes simply due to the inefficient use of resources. Waste affects all industries, regardless of size and whether they are manufacturing products or offering services, and all individuals as consumers. The basic principle of pollution prevention is that there is “no such thing as waste, only resources in the wrong place.” Both businesses and individuals can save money and reduce environmental impacts by adopting behaviors and designing processes that reduce the quantities of waste and pollution generation, prolonging the useful lifespan of products and process materials, and by regenerating natural systems through best management practices.
There are many ways businesses can proactively apply pollution prevention (P2) efforts to minimize waste production. If the lack of efficiency data or financial constraints have held your business back from reaching any P2 goals, check out this exciting W.A.S.T.E. Audit and Grant Funding Opportunity for Indiana Businesses!