Since 2011, the City of Redmond and the Department of Ecology have partnered on the Pollution Prevention Assistance Program (PPA) (formerly called Local Source Control). This program provides technical assistance and educational outreach to Redmond businesses. PPA saves businesses money by providing free resources such as secondary containment and spill kits.
The Pollution Prevention Partnership is comprised of representatives from cities, counties, and health districts. The Department of Ecology provides funding assistance, allowing the program to provide free hands-on assistance to Small Quantity Generators* (typically small businesses and organizations). They wish to improve their practices by reducing impacts on human health and the environment.
This is accomplished through technical assistance visits designed to reduce or eliminate hazardous waste and pollutants at the source. A local pollution prevention specialist will meet with your organization to evaluate current activities and practices. They will discuss concerns, observations, solutions, and work directly to help solve common challenges around dangerous wastes, stormwater, solid waste, and spill prevention. This collaborative process limits liability, reduces risk, and improves work environments.
The City of Redmond and the Department of Ecology encourages businesses to use safer alternatives in their business practices. There are reimbursement monies available for businesses to switch and replace their current products in the following areas: