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Business Pollution Prevention Program

The Business Pollution Prevention Program offers technical and financial assistance to help you:

  • Reduce the use of harmful chemicals
  • Transition to safer, more sustainable chemicals
  • Install less polluting, higher-efficiency equipment

Consider working with us if your business uses or produces any of the following:

  • Chemicals with volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
  • Perchloroethylene (PERC)
  • Trichloroethylene (TCE)
  • Ground level ozone
  • Fine particulate matter (PM2.5)
  • Hazardous air pollutants (HAPs)
  • And more!

Why your business should participate:

  • Free technical assistance. Work with Waste Wise (a Ramsey/Washington Recycling & Energy partner) to identify projects, chemical alternatives, and equipment upgrades.
  • Get help every step of the way. Waste Wise will help you apply for funding, identify matching fund sources, and submit pre- and post-project documentation.
  • Reduce risk. Make changes that can improve the environment and reduce workplace and community health risks. Priority is given to businesses owned by people of color and/or those located in communities particularly vulnerable to pollution.
  • Reduce costs. Minimize hazardous waste fees and save on energy costs with newer and more efficient equipment.
  • It looks good. Show your employees, customers, and neighbors that your business cares about environmental health.

Get up to $50,000 or up to 75% of project costs. Apply anytime.

For more details and to get started, contact or 651-292-4675.

The Business Pollution Prevention Program has supported many types of projects, including:

  • Auto body shops upgrading equipment and switching to waterborne paints to reduce volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
  • Manufacturers implementing solvent recyclers to reduce chemical consumption and hazardous waste
  • Dry cleaners decommissioning and or/replacing perchloroethylene (PERC)-based cleaning systems
Success Story Highlight: Roering Auto Body
Roering Auto Body Shop owner talks about the changes her company made to reduce pollution and provide a safer environment. The Business Pollution Prevention Program funds similar efforts.

Communication Tools

Program flyer (PDF)
Grant guidelines and application (PDF)