Preventing hazardous waste & pollution

Managing the hazardous waste your business generates is critical to pollution prevention, but you can take important steps to prevent pollution before it starts. By eliminating hazardous waste at its source, you protect your workers, your community, and the environment from the hazardous effects of toxic chemicals.

We're dedicated to helping Washington businesses reduce the hazardous waste they generate. Our Toxics Reduction Specialists work with your business to find safer alternatives to toxic chemicals, improve efficiency, and conserve resources.

Why reduce or prevent hazardous waste?

Creating, managing, and disposing of hazardous waste costs your business money. The less waste you generate, the less you have to manage and pay to dispose of.

Preventing waste may also help your business:

  • Increase worker safety and satisfaction
  • Reduce complex regulatory overhead
  • Avoid waste spills and costly cleanups
  • Reduce cost of waste treatment and disposal
  • Decrease liability now and in the future

Last, but not least, your business can stand out from the competition by offering less-toxic products. Consumers are increasingly looking for products and services that use fewer toxic chemicals and have little impact on the environment.

Tools, training, and other resources

  • Training and resources for safer alternatives to toxic chemicals
    We partner with other organizations to offer webinars and in-person training to help your business understand chemical hazard and transition to safer chemicals. We also provide tools and other resources to help you find safer alternatives.
  • Hands-on assistance from our staff
    Our chemists, engineers, and other specialists are here to work with you to reduce waste and find safer alternatives to toxic chemicals. Our assistance is free and non-regulatory.
  • Develop your Pollution Prevention Plan
    Some businesses are required to submit a Pollution Prevention Plan each year, which details how they plan to reduce hazardous substance use and dangerous waste.