Each year the United States produces millions of tons of pollution and spends tens of billions of dollars dealing with it. Residents, industry, and government have significant opportunities to reduce or prevent pollution at the source through cost-effective changes in daily habits, production, operation, and raw materials use.
We often don't realize the opportunities for reducing sources of pollution because efforts are focused on treatment and disposal rather than stopping pollution at its source.
Take time this week to reduce pollution at home, work, and play! Here are some simple ways you can help at home:
Take your car to a commercial car wash
Check your vehicle for leaks
Pick up your pet waste
Use compost instead of fertilizer
Don't use harmful pesticides
Read more pollution prevention tips for home and work.