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Pollution Prevention

Prevention is always the best medicine, and if we avoid producing pollution in the first place, our personal health and the environment will reap the benefits. Citizens and businesses can take steps every day to reduce environmental impacts of activities and operations. Visit the DEQ Environmental Health page to learn of human health effects potentially related to exposure to environmental hazards such as pollution.

  • 10 Easy Ways to Lead-By-Example — find out what you can do right now to reduce pollution.
  • Fertilizers — Over applying fertilizers damages our gardens and contaminates water when runoff carries these chemicals into storm drains, streams, and lakes. Fertilizers add nutrients to water causing excessive plant and algae growth which can take the oxygen out of the water and suffocate all other life in the water.
    Pesticides
  • Pesticides — Many household products made to exterminate pests also are toxic to humans, animals, aquatic organisms and plants. Use alternatives whenever possible. If you do use a pesticide, follow the label directions to the letter.

    Information Disclaimer
    Website links are provided for educational purposes only. Such links are not endorsements of any products or services in such sites and no information in such sites has been endorsed or approved by the Department of Environmental Quality.

  • Household Hazardous Products — Many common household products (paint thinners, mothballs, drain cleaners, oven cleaners, and more) contain toxic ingredients. Avoid discarding with the regular household trash. Instead contact your county solid waste management office to ask if there are any special household hazardous waste collection events in your area.. Pharmaceuticals have been a hot topic lately, along with electronics and disposal of energy-efficient compact fluorescent lightbulbs.
  • Energy Conservation — is a valuable part of pollution prevention due to the role energy plays in power production, manufacturing and transportation goods, conducting business and commuting.
  • Recycling and Waste Reduction — contribute to reducing pollution at the source by reducing the need for virgin materials and reducing energy use.
  • Clean Air Zone Montana - Statewide program aimed at reducing children's exposure to school bus diesel exhaust by discouraging idling of buses and other vehicles and encouraging use of alternative fuels in school buses.
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  • Litter — it’s everywhere and it is an eyesore on our beautiful Montana landscape. Make sure you pick up after yourself and discard garbage into the appropriate containers. Do the right thing and pick up litter when you see it.

    Join the Montana Adopt A Highway Program and REMEMBER friends don’t let friends litter!

Pollution Prevention Assistance for Businesses:

Montana Green Lodging Program
This program is in the development phase and will be based upon the "11 Minimum Guidelines for Going Green" as developed by the American Hotel & Lodging Association.

Small Business Assistance Program (SBAP)
Deliberately designed as a separate, non-regulatory, program within the DEQ, the Small Business Assistance Program serves to assist Montana businesses to understand and comply with applicable environmental regulations.

  • Serves as an advocate for small businesses.
  • Provides technical assistance, compliance assistance, permit assistance, and pollution prevention assistance.
    • Services Offered:
      • Toll-Free Hotline (1-800-433-8773)
      • Workshops
      • Newsletters
      • On-Site Visits

Peaks to Prairies Pollution Prevention Information Center — The Center serves state and local technical assistance providers, trade associations, consultants, and non-governmental organizations that promote pollution prevention and environmental management. The Center acts as an information "wholesaler" providing these entities with the background and contacts needed as they work with businesses.

Montana Water Quality Information — Comprehensive list of programs and activities that manage water quality issues throughout the state. Includes links to quality protection and conservation programs.

MSU Montana Pollution Prevention Program — A program of the Montana State University (MSU) Extension Service. This program helps businesses and governments find ways to conserve energy and water, and reduce the use of toxic chemicals.

H2E Hospitals for a Healthy Environment™ — Hospitals generate hazardous waste materials such as mercury, pharmaceuticals, sterilants, disinfectants and chemicals. Hospitals can save 40-70% on waste disposal costs when steps are taken to reduce the amount of these materials purchased and then disposed of as hazardous waste.