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Year-round P2 tips


Below are a number of suggestions for practicing pollution prevention, whether in the workplace, home or school.


P2 @ home:


  • Measure your impact on climate change with the climate change calculator (
  • Install a programmable thermostat to turn down the heat or air conditioning at night.
  • Replace lights with energy saving compact fluorescents (CFLs) or LEDs. 
  • Do not mow your lawn or fill your gas tank on Ozone Action Days.
  • Minimize water use by purchasing efficient toilets, faucets and shower heads.
  • Use a household hazardous waste collection event to dispose of hazardous wastes such as batteries, cleaning fluids, paint thinners and thermometers. Check the Delaware Solid Waste Authority's web site for the next collection event.
  • Recycle!! Recycle plastics, glass, aluminum, newspaper, used motor oil, eye glasses, cell phones, electronic equipment.
  • Purchase Energy Star products.
  • Use your own reusable bags at the grocery store instead of paper or plastic.
  • Use little or not fertilizer or pesticides, especially near lakes and streams. 

P2 @ work:

  • Carpool, bike, walk or take public transportation to work.
  • Use reusable lunch containers and lunch bags.
  • Start or support an office recycling program for paper, toner cartridges, etc.
  • Look into the installation of energy saving lights, and motion sensors.
  • Print on both sides of the paper to reduce paper use & filing cabinets needed.
  • Use green, less toxic cleaning materials.
  • Do a waste audit to reduce expenses (or call the P2 program to do one for FREE). 

P2 @ school:

  • Install energy efficient or day lighting in the school.
  • Perform a waste audit in school (or contact DNREC's P2 Program have an audit done for free).
  • Maintain heaters, air conditioners, refrigerators and other energy using equipment to reduce the amount of energy used.
  • Start or support a school recycling program.
  • Use biodiesel in school buses. This reduces fuel needs and emission problems.
  • Implement a no-idling campaign in the school yard.
  • Use washable dishes in the cafeteria.
  • Establish a “P2 Team” or “Eco-Club” consisting of students, teachers and maintenance to implement actions.
  • Purchase products with minimal packaging.
  • Use less toxic chemicals in the classroom.


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