Not generating pollution in the first place is preferable to cleaning it up afterwards. Waste you don’t generate means less materials to buy, and also less clean-up costs. Some ways to accomplish this include: modifying production processes, using non-toxic substances, implementing conservation techniques, and re-using materials.
Pollution Prevention resources by the US EPA.
After minimizing the waste generated, the next step is to recycle as much as possible. There are two primary reasons for prioritizing recycling over landfilling: recycling recovers valuable materials, hazardous materials and heavy metals, preventing their dissipation into the natural environment; and recycling offsets the need for new resources. A number of centers and services are available in the Sacramento area.
- Laws & regulations:
- Sacramento local resources.
- Electonic waste (“e-waste”). Sacramento County offers several drop-off sites for e-waste. A number of local companies also handle e-waste.
- Document shredding. A number of Sacramento area companies offer secure document shredding and records management.
Managing non-recyclable waste is the end of the line.
- Basic landfilling.
Hazardous waste drop-off centers in Sacramento County.