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The most amazing resource I've found on the web recently is the WRPPN's TOPIC TOOLS database. A Topic Hub is intended to provide a topic-specific guide to collected resources about the topic available and accessible from a browser connection to the internet. A Topic Hub provides a web-based guide to the resources specific to a particular subject, i.e., it is a "subject-specific resource guide." Additionally, the guide serves a particular user or set of users, in this case the P2 Specialists and their clients. WRPPN Topic HubsTM:

Auto Repair

Most Auto Repair shops have opportunities to save money, conserve resources, reduce emissions, avoid or reduce permitting fees, and stay in compliance by making simple changes to their practices or implementing the Pollution Prevention methods identified in this section. This section contains descriptions of typical material inputs, wastes produced, and information resources for applicable regulations and P2 alternatives.

Electronic Waste

Electronic waste concerns the volume of computers and related electronic equipment improperly disposed of in municipal landfills, and the toxicity of both the computer chip manufacturing process and the computer and CRT itself as a waste product. Electronic wastes include TV's, video and computer monitors which use cathode ray tubes (CRT's) containing lead. Printer wiring boards (PWB's) contain plastic and copper, plus some chromium, lead solder, nickel and zinc. Electronic products often have batteries which contain nickel, cadmium, and other heavy metal. Relays and switches may contain mercury. All these pose environmental risks if incinerated or landfilled.


Housekeeping activities are a prime opportunity for P2 strategies. Opportunities exist in identifying and eliminating toxic cleaning chemicals from housekeeping operations and finding nontoxic alternatives. Both employees who work with these chemicals and paying customers will appreciate the use of environmentally friendly cleaning materials. Linen service program can achieve substantial water, energy, detergent and cost savings by giving guests the choice of participating in an optional linen and towel reuse program. Refillable amenity dispensers rather than individual contains are a viable alternative for waste minimization. Used advertising and promotional items can be collected for donation to charity or recycling.

These online topic Hubs contain WHERE to go to, DESCRIPTIONS of typical material inputs and wastes produced in the automotive repair industry. Included in this section are factsheets and regulation resources to help assess best management practices (BMP's) for a typical automotive repair shop, a GLOSSARY of terms, and REFERENCE DOCUMENTS.

10th Annual WRPPN Conference October 10-12, 2006 The Western Regional Pollution Prevention Network (WRPPN) members are committed and enthusiastic about protecting the environment, enhancing small business competitiveness, and ensuring a clean, productive future for our children as they ever have been. This event is the chief forum for regional P2 programs to meet and discuss the major issues affecting the Western Region. The goal at this conference is to provide all attendees and presenters an outstanding opportunity to improve their knowledge, increase their contacts, and to participate in a productive network. The high caliber technical and training sessions will give you the most up-to-date information available in the region and give you an opportunity to meet colleagues from our region.
Currently Available Topic HubsTM:

  • Aerospace
  • Agricultural Teaching Labs
  • Auto Body
  • Auto Repair
  • Auto Salvage-Great Lakes Region
  • Clean Snowmobiles
  • Community Growth
  • Construction Science Education
  • Dioxin
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Economic Incentives
  • Electric Utilities
  • Electronic Waste
  • EMS
  • EMS in Government
  • Environmental Management Accounting
  • Environmental Measurement
  • Environmental Mentoring
  • Fiberglass Fabrication
  • Food Service
  • Green Procurement
  • Hospitality
  • Household Hazardous Materials
  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for Schools
  • Landscaping
  • Lead
  • Lean Manufacturing
  • Marinas & Small Boat Harbors
  • Meat Processing
  • Mercury
  • Mercury-Automotive
  • Mercury-Dental
  • Mercury-Health Care
  • Mercury-Schools
  • Mercury-Thermometers
  • Mercury-Thermostats
  • Metal Fabrication & Machining
  • Metal Finishing
  • Oil and Gas
  • P2 and Environmental Security
  • Paint & Coating Manufacturing
  • Pollution Prevention (P2)
  • Pollution Prevention for Arts Education
  • Pork Production
  • Printing-Flexography
  • Printing-Lithography
  • Public Lands
  • Publicly Owned Treatment Works
  • Regulatory Integration
  • Residential Construction
  • Semiconductor Manufacturing
  • Ship Building & Repair
  • Ski Areas
  • Technology Diffusion
  • Textiles
  • Wood Furniture Manufacturing
  • Youth Education The WRPPN highlights projects happening in the region such as these found on their website:
    • Janitorial Pollution Prevention Project (JP4)
    • Architectural Uses Of Copper
    • Dental Chemical Use
    • Persistent, Bioaccumulative and Toxic chemicals
    • Hospital Waste Reduction and Pollution Prevention
    • Mercury Elimination Leadership Program (HELP)
    • Alternative Adhesive Technoloiges in the Foam Furniture and Bedding Industries: A Cleaner Technologies Subsitutes Assessment
    • Water-Based Parts Cleaning
    • IRTA's Alternative Low-VOC, Low Toxicity Cleanup Solvents for the Lithographic/Screen Printing Industry and Safer Adhesive And Cleanup Alternatives for Countertop Manufacturing

    10th Annual WRPPN Conference
    October 10-12, 2006
    Double Tree Hotel
    7450 Hazard Center Drive
    San Diego, CA 92108
    Tel: 1-800-222-TREE (8733) or 1-619-297-5466

    WRPPN is a member of the Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange, a national network of regional information centers: NEWMOA(Northeast), WRRC (Southeast), GLRPPR (Great Lakes), ZeroWasteNet (Southwest), P2RIC (Plains), Peaks to Prairies (Mountain), WRPPN (Pacific Southwest), PPRC (Northwest).