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Pollution Prevention, Waste Reduction, and Recycling

The Pollution Prevention, Waste Reduction and Recycling Program was established by the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE) to support: Executive Order (E.O.) 13423, Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy and Transportation Managemen; E.O. 13514, Federal Leadership in Environment, Energy and Economic Performance, DOE Order 436.1, Department Sustainability; and, the Department’s Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan. Under this Program, Headquarters assists DOE Field and Program Offices in the implementation of the specific goals identified in both of the Orders.

The main goals of this Program are to reduce or eliminate the acquisition, use, and release of toxic, and other pollutants, and to increase the Department’s use of  less toxic alternative chemicals and processes in achieving DOE’s FY 2020 Greenhouse Gas reduction targets. There are two short-term goals for the diversion of waste from the landfill to recycling or re-use by fiscal year 2015 and they are the following: 

  1. at least 50% diversion of non-hazardous solid waste;  and,
  2. at least 50% diversion of construction and demolition debris. 

Meeting these goals will be accomplished by working with DOE’s Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act/Toxic Release Inventory Workgroup, the Energy Facility Contractors Group, the Chemical Safety Life Cycle Management Group, and other environmental subgroups.