Greener Cleanups

According to this United States Environmental Protection Agency website, the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER) offers programs devoted to tackling contaminated soil, groundwater, surface water, sediments, air and other environmental areas. These programs focus on cleaning up contamination in eco-friendly ways that are suitable for the welfare of all living organisms without using harsh chemicals or machinery that create their own carbon footprint during the cleanup process. The EPA has set five elements that make up a green cleanup assessment:

  • Total Energy Use and Renewable Energy Use
  •  Air Pollutants and Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  • Water Use and Impacts to Water Resources
  • Materials Management and Waste Reduction
  • Land Management and Ecosystems

Protection OSWER offers an abundance of suggestions to bring about eco-friendly cleanup habits. OSWER suggests that energy consumption is reduced and the usage of renewable energy sources is maximized. It is also encouraged that the usage of virgin materials is decreased as well as the transportation of airborne contaminants and dust. To learn more about how to make your cleanup project green, visit http://www.epa.gov/.

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