Changing equipment or processes

Equipment or Process Modification deals with how you make whatever it is you make or do whatever it is you do, whether it be manufacturing chemicals or simply running a household. It involves using new equipment or processes, or altering existing equipment or processes to: 

  • improve efficiency
  • reduce or eliminate pollution
  • reduce material, water or energy use

This pollution prevention technique can help reduce your energy and water bills, save you money on disposal costs, save you money by having to buy less material, and more.


  • Switching to more energy-efficient lighting
  • Improving the design of your rinse equipment to increase its efficiency and effectiveness
  • Using more efficient spray-paint systems
  • Using mechanical stripping/cleaning devices instead of solvents
    • If you do not use harmful chemicals, they do not get out in the environment
  • Selecting appropriately sized motors
    • This saves energy and prolongs the life of the motor

For more information, examples and guidance, please see the Pollution Prevention Planning Handbook.

Equipment or Process Modification in Practice

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