Pollution Prevention (P2) and TRI
Under the Pollution Prevention Act of 1990 (PPA), the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) Program collects information to track industry progress in reducing waste generation and moving towards safer waste management alternatives. Many facilities provide descriptions of measures they have taken to prevent pollution and reduce the amount of toxic chemicals entering the environment. As a result, TRI serves as a tool for identifying effective environmental practices and highlighting pollution prevention successes.
Access TRI's P2 Data
- Use the TRI P2 Search Tool to get info by industry sector, chemical, geography or parent company, and compare environmental performance.
- Use the Industry Profile Dashboard to explore TRI information for a particular industry, including the food, automotive and pharmaceutical manufacturing sectors.
- Download Excel files of all TRI P2 data
Learn About TRI P2 Resources
- Browse TRI's collection of P2 resources, including factsheets, videos, tips for reporting P2 activities to TRI, and how-to guidance for conducting analyses with the TRI P2 Search Tool.
- Browse P2 Analyses and Publications for information on P2 opportunities and the benefits of P2 implementation.
- Learn about other P2 resources such as EPA’s P2 Program and EPA's Sustainability Program and EPA efforts to achieve sustainable food management
Source Reduction Activities Reported to TRI
For 2017, a total of 1,581 facilities (7% of all TRI facilities) reported initiating 3,994 new source reduction activities. Good operating practices, process modifications, and spill and leak prevention were the activities reported most frequently. Click on the legend or graph to see examples of source reduction activities; reported codes are included in parentheses.
- Good Operating Practices
- An aircraft parts manufacturer optimized the combination of part types in reactor runs to maximize the loading and minimize the number of reactor runs needed per year. (W14)
- A fabricated metal product manufacturer increased their periodic maintenance frequency to reduce the potential for equipment damage that renders solvent unusable. (W13)
- Process Modifications
- Spill and Leak Prevention
- Inventory Control
- Raw Material Modifications
- Product Modifications
- Cleaning and Degreasing
- Surface Preparation and Finishing