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Waste Prevention

Forklift with baled wast material

After an extensive sorting process at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, waste materials are baled and delivered to a recycling facility.

At the Office of the Federal Environment Executive, we see waste prevention as the ideal solid waste solution.

Waste prevention involves altering the design, manufacture, purchase, or use of products and materials to reduce the amount, as well as the toxicity, of waste. Reducing the amount of waste created means that less waste has to be managed, recycled or disposed of later.


Case Study: Hanford Site Pollution Prevention Program

The Hanford Site Pollution Prevention Program in Richland, Washington, has been working to significantly reduce waste while helping the local community. In 2001, the Site donated over $1.3 million of computer equipment to more than fifty schools in Washington and Oregon. These gifts saved 24.1 tons of waste from going to landfill.

Paper donations to a local college also helped the recycling effort by diverting another 4.5 tons from the waste stream and helping to save over $6,100. Other items, such as eyeglasses, hearing aids, and wireless phones, were also donated to various local, national and even international charities and organizations.



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