Pollution Prevention Week in Washington State
The video is a testimonial to the results of focusing on environmental outcomes and improving Lean practices. Ecology partners with Impact Washington, a non-profit that offers Lean manufacturing services, as well as Washington State University Extension Energy Program to facilitate the Lean and Green Project – another pollution prevention service to state businesses.
“This was a successful project with tremendous waste and cost savings due to this partnership,” said Greg Konkol, Accra-Fab plant manager. “We view this as a win-win project because what was good for the environment also was very good for our bottom line.”
The economic benefits of preventing pollution include greater business efficiency, increased competitiveness, less exposure to risks, and reduced costs for regulatory monitoring, fees and paperwork.
Managing toxic pollution and waste benefits industry by lowering a company’s operational and environmental compliance costs. Companies that safely handle the chemicals they use keep money in their pockets in the future by avoiding long-term liabilities and clean-up costs.
Pollution prevention also delivers public health and environmental benefits. They include cleaner air and water, fewer greenhouse gas emissions, less toxic waste to manage, greater workplace safety, and better stewardship of natural resources.
K Seiler, Ecology’s Hazardous Waste and Toxics Reduction Program manager said: “Ultimately, the smartest, cheapest and healthiest approach is to reduce the use of toxic chemicals in our products and keep toxic chemicals from being released to the environment.”
Washington state continues to be a national leader in building capacity for pollution prevention and environmental sustainability. Further efforts are underway to help businesses use safer chemical alternatives to improve products and processes. For instance, green chemistry is an emerging aspect of industry that grows green jobs in our state and offer consumers more choices.