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What is Source Reduction?

Source: EPA 1994 Toxics Release Inventory
Public Data Release, Box 2-2


Through source reduction, risks to people and the environment can be reduced, financial and natural resources can be saved that would otherwise have to be expended on environmental clean-up or pollution control, and industrial processes can become more efficient. Source reduction is defined in the PPA as any practice that: Source reduction practices can include equipment, process, procedure, or technology modifications, reformulation or redesign of products, substitution of raw materials, and improvements in maintenance and inventory controls. Under this definition, waste management activities, including recycling, treatment, and disposal, are not considered forms of source reduction.

Source: USEPA 1994 Toxics Release Inventory Public Data Release (EPA 745-R-96-002, June 1996).

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