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Pollution prevention can be defined as: "The use of materials, processes, or practices that reduces or eliminates the creation of pollutants or wastes at the source.” (EPA) Pollution prevention represents a shift away from the old school of thought, “pollution control,” in which waste was not dealt with until after it was generated. Through pollution prevention, we look at the processes that generate the waste to see if we can avoid creating a waste in the first place, or at least reduce the hazardous nature of the waste. When this is not possible, the next best solution to prevent wastes from having a negative impact on the environment is through careful management and recycling. If you are a vehicle maintenance and repair shop owner or service manager, this manual is for you. It will help you identify areas in your facility where pollution prevention techniques can be applied in a practical manner. Each section presents a waste stream common to vehicle maintenance accompanied by pollution prevention recommendations. Appendices to this manual contain lists of equipment vendors and service providers, regulatory summaries, and other information necessary to implement recommendations. Although the focus of this manual is on pollution prevention, regulatory information is given as necessary where it impacts pollution prevention practices and to illustrate how pollution prevention can help reduce regulatory requirements. A shop with good pollution prevention practices will be well on its way to regulatory compliance.


Pollution prevention; Vehicles--Maintenance and repair--Environmental aspects;

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Iowa Waste Reduction Center


Cedar Falls, IA


Iowa Waste Reduction Center


Automotive Engineering


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©1995 Iowa Waste Reduction Center



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Vehicle Maintenance Pollution Prevention



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