Preventing Pollution at Work
Pollution from business operations can harm our local creeks, streams and groundwater. For example:
- Runoff from improper chemical and hazardous material storage can infiltrate groundwater and local waterways.
- Leaks and spills from vehicles and business operations can seep into soil or storm drains.
- Outdoor washing or cleaning can send suds and other contaminants through our watersheds and into lakes and ponds, degrading our natural environment.
Be sure to use and dispose of chemicals wisely! Never pour hazardous waste down the drain, onto the ground or into a storm drain.
To guard against pollution, businesses need to follow best management practices (BMPs), such as:
- Clean and maintain your storm drains, filters, swales or other stormwater facilities.
- Store your materials indoors or inside a containment tub with a cover.
- Dispose of waste properly.
- Train your team on best management practices so they know how to prevent leaks, spills and other risks of contamination.
- Reduce your the use of reliance on harmful substances.
- Dispose of waste properly
If you have a new business or want to learn more about pollution source control requirements, visit the Stormwater Management Manual for Western Washington, Volume 4 Source Control BMP Library.
What is Hazardous Waste?
If your business uses, stores or disposes of these materials, you probably generate hazardous waste. Product labels may also indicate if a material is a hazardous waste. Watch for labels such as: DANGER, FLAMMABLE, WARNING, POISON or CAUTION.
Clark County Green Business Program
Check out the Clark County Green Business Program to learn more about how you can prevent pollution, create a healthier workplace for your staff and get recognized for environmental excellence.
Join the Clark County Green Business Program to assess your environmental practices, enhance sustainability and resource conservation programs, and earn recognition for your achievements. All businesses located in Clark County are eligible.