Pollution Prevention Tips For Businesses

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businessesSimple best management practices (BMPs) can prevent stormwater pollution and prevention is good business! It means clean water, clean neighborhoods and it shows your customers that you care about your community.



 Evaluate Your Actions

dumpstersReview daily activities to look for ways to reduce runoff into the storm drain system, especially in outdoor areas like parking lots, loading docks and maintenance yards.


    • Keep trash enclosure swept and trash bin lids closed
    • Make sure that cooling towers, boilers, compressors, water softeners and other process equipment are connected to the sanitary sewer and do not discharge wastewater into the parking lot
    • Store chemicals, wastes, raw materials and contaminated equipment indoors or in a covered, spill contained area, to prevent exposure of these materials to stormwater system.


 Don't Trash It

business_plasticsRecycle the hazardous materials in your everyday business, like ink and solvents for commercial printing, or polishes and chemicals for car detailing or manufacturing after-market accessories.


    • Recycle hazardous items safely by calling for proper hazardous waste disposal and pickup at (909)386-8401.


 Choose Non-Toxic

hazardous_container - CopyTake advantage of less-toxic alternatives to dangerous chemicals. From detergents to drain openers, there are a lot of ways to get the same or better result without having to rely toxic substances.

 Spread the Word

employeesTell your employees about the importance of stormwater pollution prevention.




    • Train employees to wash vehicles and equipment indoors in a wash rack that is connected to the sanitary sewer or off-site at a commercial wash facility.
    • Train janitorial staff to dispose of floor cleaning water in the sewer and not into the parking lot.


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Swap Stop!

Check out the San Bernardino County Materials Exchange Program, or SBCoMax. This partnership between the County and the California Integrated Waste Management Board give businesses the opportunity to list used (but perfectly usable materials) to those interested in obtaining them.