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Environmental Management System

Pollution Prevention Program Overview

Our Vision

Pollution prevention concepts will be embedded into all aspects of Pacific Northwest's research, maintenance, operations, and community activities.

Pacific Northwest's mission statement supports this vision.

Program Components

Recycling Program

Pacific Northwest has an extensive office recycling program for its staff. The most commonly recycled products are white paper, mixed paper, corrugated cardboard, newsprint, magazines, glass, plastic, aluminum, and tin cans. However, items such as toner cartridges, software diskettes and manuals, office supplies, packing peanuts, moving boxes and small batteries can also be recycled.

When recycling, it is important to close the loop by purchasing office supplies that contain recycled content or by preventing and/or reducing the amount of waste generated in the first place.

Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Program

Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) is buying products or services that have a lesser or reduced effect on human health and the environment when compared with competing products or services that serve the same purpose. This comparison may consider raw materials acquisition, production, manufacturing, packaging, distribution, reuse, operation, maintenance, or disposal or the product or service.

Pacific Northwest is required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to purchase the environmentally preferable products, as designated by EPA, 100 percent of the time. By adhering to the EPA's requirements, Pacific Northwest is also able to meet its strategic objective of being the premier environmental laboratory, fulfill its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy, and save money.

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