The Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy releases
Citizens? Guide to Pollution Prevention
Click to download http://www.cielap.org/citizens_guide_eng_final.pdf
written with the help of the Canadian Centre for Pollution Prevention, the Guide explains the sources of toxic
While pollution prevention and waste treatment or management are often viewed to be the same, the guide makes a clear distinction: pollution prevention is the use of processes, practices, materials, products, substances or energy that avoid or minimize the creation of pollutants and waste, and reduce the overall risk to human health and the environment, while waste management deals with existing pollution.
The Guide outlines Four Steps to P2 for individual Canadians:
· Taking inventory
· Examining the options and choosing priorities
· Making and implementing a plan
· Spreading the word
The Guide provides detailed discussions about the kind of choices Canadians can make in order to do their part in P2 with regard to such things as home cleaning and maintenance, personal care products, lawn care and gardening, vehicles and boats, and community action.
The Citizens? Guide to Pollution Prevention?s makes recommendations for the following sectors:
Government: improving the development and implementation of policies and regulations could advance pollution prevention; pollution prevention should continue to be a national priority, and governments should take responsibility for maintaining and improving opportunities for exchanging ideas and facilitating the coordination of efforts to enhance pollution prevention between different stakeholders.
Industry: every organization or facility should be committed to pollution prevention; information sharing among industry representatives should be a priority, and pollution prevention planning should be an ongoing process within every business.
Institutions: as highly visible members of the community, they should practice pollution prevention to set an example.
Citizens: Every citizen should be responsible for making smart and informed choices about the purchase and disposal of products ? staying informed and informing others about environmentally friendly products and ways of doing things will help reduce our impact on the environment.
The Citizens? Guide to Pollution Prevention, along with numerous other CIELAP Citizen?s Guides and publications, is available in PDF form on the CIELAP website at www.cielap.org. For multiple and bound copies, please contact Iana Nikolova at firstname.lastname@example.org or Telephone (416) 923-3529
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Founded in 1970, the Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy is an independent, not-for-profit research and educational organization whose mission is to provide leadership in the research and development of environmental law and policy that promotes the public interest and sustainability.