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Goal Setting Information

Goal Setting Information

Sample goals for companies just beginning pollution prevention activities: 

  • Identify wastes and determine how each waste is currently disposed (i.e., conduct a preliminary waste assessment). (This can be a stand-alone goal for your first year.)
  • Review waste measurement systems. Improve measurement systems where needed and put systems in place if they do not exist. (This can be a stand-alone goal, combined with the above goal, or combined with a reduction goal. The idea is to establish a system to measure and track the waste produced, and allow determination of its cost. This information will help you set pollution prevention priorities and refine your following year's goals.)
  • Determine the cost of each of your wastes. (This can be a stand-alone goal.)
  • Reduce the amount of incinerated waste by 10% by reducing, reusing, or recycling. (This can be a stand-alone goal.)
  • Reduce the amount of solid waste that goes to landfill by 10%. (This can be a stand-alone goal.)
  • Implement a recycling program for office paper. (This can be a stand-alone goal.)
  • Reduce packaging by 5% a year over the next five years. Over the next two years, recycle 10% of the packaging that cannot be eliminated by source reduction. (This can be a stand-alone goal.)
  • Implement a two-sided photocopying policy.
  • Educate all employees about pollution prevention.
  • Form a pollution prevention team consisting of a cross- section of employees from all areas of the company.
  • Evaluate all raw materials and supplies for hazardous components. (This can be a stand-alone goal or combined with the goal below.)
  • Eliminate or replace two identified raw materials or supplies that have hazardous or toxic components with materials that have no or less hazardous or toxic ingredients.
  • Perform an analysis of cleaning supplies to determine whether they contain hazardous or toxic components, and where feasible, substitute with less toxic or hazardous cleaning materials.
  • Recycle toner cartridges.
  • Replace two raw materials and supplies with acceptable substitutes that contain recycled materials.

Sample goals for companies already performing pollution prevention activities: 

  • If you have already committed to pollution prevention activities for the year, restate them as your goals for the MBP3 program.
  • If you have a five-year plan, restate it as your goal(s) for the MBP3 program. Be sure to tell us that it is a five-year plan and that you will be reporting on progress in your annual reports.
  • Conduct an EPA Environmental Management System report.
  • Continue grow in the Environmental Stewards Partnership by joining Clean Corporate Citizen (C3).
  • Transfer pollution prevention knowledge throughout the company and to your suppliers and vendors.
  • Implement a purchasing policy that gives preference to suppliers and vendors that are partners in one of Michigan's voluntary pollution prevention programs.
  • Promote the efficient use of energy in the operation of facilities and the manufacture of products.
  • Pursue the development of technologies that promote pollution prevention.
  • Eliminate the use of regulated substances in products supplied to our company.
  • Reduce total waste by 5% each year.
  • Reduce releases reported under the SARA Title III Toxic Release Inventory by 75% from a baseline year.
  • Eliminate the use of mercury in all production parts and processes.
  • Utilize water borne or powder coatings in all painting facilities.
  • Reduce use of solvent-based materials by 50% in the next two years. 

Sample goals for companies that have had longstanding pollution prevention programs: 

  • Expand environmental outreach through community partnering activities including social, habitat, and restoration efforts.
  • Continue to grow in the Environmental Stewards Partnership by joining Clean Corporate Citizen (C3) and Environmental Leaders.
  • Evaluate your company for sustainability issues. (This can be a stand-alone goal.)
  • Work toward achieving sustainability in one area. (This can be a stand-alone goal.)
  • Consider life cycle issues in the early design stages of products and processes to increase pollution prevention and recycling. 

Note: Let us know how you succeeded! Share your previous and/or current P2 accomplishments when you submit your Annual Performance Report.


Devan Dodge