Pollution Sources:
Automobile
Residents
Agriculture
Urban
Construction
Businesses
Storm Drains

Information:
Salt Lake
Research
Recycle
Partnerships

Business Pollution

Causes:
Business Pollutants
Every industry makes a major contribution to the non-point source pollution problem in a variety of ways. Toxins come from vehicles, machinery, cleaning products, garbage, septic systems, toxic waste and several other pollutants used by businesses.
Effects:
Runoff in river
Chemicals, toxins and disease-causing agents flow into rivers, lakes, the ocean and also end up in drinking water. This causes health problems and even death for humans, animals and all aquatic life. It has also rendered several recreational areas, streams and lakes completely contaminated and unusable by people around the world. The long term effects of this pollution will leave all of our water unusable and the amount of available drinking water will be in short supply.
Solutions:

business brochures

sweeper

chemical storage

  • To learn how to follow Best Management Practices for your type of business, go here: http://www.adem.state.al.us/
    EnviroProtect/P2/factshet.htm


  • It is important to be well-informed about the all types of pollution your company is contributing.


  • You must understand and follow all regulations pertaining to the storage, use and disposal of toxic materials.


  • Employees must be well-educated about non-point source pollution and taught ways to minimize the impact your company makes on the environment.


  • Keep facilities clean and swept for debris.
  • Click here to learn Best Management Practices for washing.

  • Check dumpsters for leaks and keep them away from storm drains.


  • Recycle water and materials as much as possible. It's likely that your garbage may be useful to another industrial process.
  • Go to Opala.org to learn about Hawaii's recycling requirements.

  • Control runoff from storage and other areas where toxins are present.


  • Ensure that no materials are flowing from your site into nearby storm drains streams or other water bodies.


  • Find ways to substitute less harmful products for use in operations and production.


  • Develop a good leak and spill prevention program and have a plan of action for accidental spills.


  • Use chemicals sparingly and never use more than needed.


  • Never use or store hazardous materials near storm drains or water.


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