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Definition of P2


In Portland, Oregon, we view pollution prevention as part of the pollution 
management hierarchy.  The pollution management hierarchy has at its base 
treatment, control, landfill (typically high cost activities with less 
environmental benefit); the next level on the pollution management hierarchy is 
recycling (a waste is present, and managed in a manner that has less 
environmental impact); and the top of the pollution management hierarchy is 
pollution prevention, encompassing source reduction, conservation and reuse 
(meaning PRIOR TO A WASTE taking on an identity of its own, and providing 
greatest environmental benefit).

You have raised a very good question.  I feel you will find an array of 
responses.  Hope my contribution helps.

Margaret Reich
Pollution Prevention Program
Portland, Oregon
email: pdxp2@hevanet.com