Pollution Prevention Partnership
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Michigan Business Registration Form
FOSTERING VOLUNTARY POLLUTION PREVENTION IN THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY
Complete and return the information below to be recognized as a MBP3 partner.
Business Name: Business Type or S.I.C.:
Single Facility or Corporation — all Michigan Facilities Number of Employees: 1-50 51-100 >100
Contact Person: Phone: FAX:
Address: E-mail Address:
State: ZIP Code:
List any Michigan Professional, Business, or Trade associations to which you belong:
List any other partnerships to which you belong:
Check if you need P2 information to help set goals. Check if you need example P2 policies.
Check if you would like a MDEQ-EAD publications list. Check if you would like RETAP info.
We agree to be part of the Michigan Business Pollution Prevention Partnership and commit to
undertake voluntary pollution prevention (P2). We agree to provide waste prevention and
reduction goals and an annual progress summary, and to share success stories on pollution
Authorizing Official (please print):
Authorizing Official’s Signature: Date:
You may fax or mail in this MBP3 registration form. The MDEQ-EAD fax number is (517)
335-4729. You have six months from the time you register to submit your P2 goals. Annual
reports on your previous year’s P2 goals are due by April 1st of the following year. Send your P2
goals, annual report, and this registration form to the following address:
Michigan Business Pollution Prevention Partnership
Environmental Assistance Division, Town Center, 2nd Floor
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 30457
Lansing, MI 48909
FOSTERING VOLUNTARY POLLUTION PREVENTION IN THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY
The Michigan Business Pollution Prevention
Michigan businesses now have the
Partnership (MBP3) is a voluntary program, open
opportunity to be recognized for their
to the entire business community. It was established
efforts to reduce pollution through
to encourage businesses to initiate and/or expand
the Michigan Business Pollution
pollution prevention (P2) practices and provide
Prevention Partnership program. This
recognition for these efforts. The MBP3 encourages
voluntary program emphasizes the
businesses to apply innovative and cost effective
simple but powerful idea that it
techniques to prevent releases of hazardous
makes far more sense to eliminate or
substances and to reduce waste. This voluntary
reduce the generation of waste than
program was developed through a joint effort by
to treat or dispose of it once it has
business, industry, professional associations, and
the Michigan Department of Environmental
What is pollution prevention?
Under the Michigan Business Pollution Prevention Partnership, pollution prevention is defined
as any type of activity that reduces the amount of waste generated and/or pollution released in
order to reduce risk to public health and the environment. Pollution prevention has as a first
preference the use of source reduction. Pollution prevention also includes as a second preference
reuse and environmentally sound recycling techniques. Pollution prevention avoids cross-media
transfer of waste and/or pollutants and is multi-media in scope. It addresses all types of waste
and environmental releases to the air, water, and land.
Why practice pollution prevention?
Pollution prevention offers important economic benefits and at the same time allows continued
protection of the environment. While most pollution control strategies cost money, pollution
prevention has saved many firms thousands of dollars in raw materials, waste treatment, and
Many companies, both small and large, have already discovered the tremendous benefits of
pollution prevention. For example, a Saline, Michigan book printer instituted a pollution
prevention program and reduced the company’s solid wastes by 50%. In 1995 the program
recovered $280,000 by recycling film plates and paper.
Another Michigan firm increased its adhesive usage efficiency, thus reducing the gallons of
adhesive purchased, saving approximately $500,000 annually in raw material costs.
A business that commits to a voluntary pollution prevention program which eliminates, reduces,
or reuses wastes, can:
• Reduce waste disposal costs,
• Save on costs for energy, water, and raw materials,
• Reduce operating costs,
• Reduce potential liability and enhance community relations,
• Conserve our natural resources and minimize environmental impact,
• Minimize compliance issues by eliminating regulated wastes, and
• Assist others in achieving environmental goals.
To participate in this voluntary Michigan Business Pollution Prevention Partnership, businesses
will submit a statement of commitment signed by a responsible company official.
Participating businesses are asked to adopt a pollution prevention policy, identify and commit
to prevention and reduction goals, report on goal achievement and other pollution prevention
accomplishments, and share technological success stories that can be transferred to other business
operations. Individual business facilities that participate in the MBP3 will satisfy the pollution
prevention criterion established for the Clean Corporate Citizen program.
The program will be managed by the Environmental Assistance Division in the Michigan
Department of Environmental Quality in cooperation with Michigan business and major trade
associations in the state including the American Automobile Manufacturers Association, Michigan
Chemical Council, Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Manufacturers Association, and
Small Business Association of Michigan. Program commitments and reports will be submitted to
the MDEQ. The Department will be responsible for summarizing the Michigan Business Pollution
Prevention Partnership efforts in an annual report.
The following Michigan businesses and professional associations participated in the development
of the Michigan Business Pollution Prevention Partnership:
• American Electric Power • Amway Corporation • BASF Corporation • Cliffs Mining Service Co.
• Chrysler Corporation • Dell Engineering • Detroit Edison • Dow Chemical Company
• Dow Corning Corporation • Ford Motor Company • General Motors Corporation • Mead Corporation
• Pharmacia & Upjohn Co. • Wacker Silicones • WES Corporation
• American Automobile Manufacturers Association • Michigan Grocers Association
• Associated Petroleum Industries of Michigan • Michigan Institute of Laundering and Drycleaning
• Foundry Association of Michigan • Michigan Manufacturers Association
• Michigan Agri-business Association • Michigan Oil and Gas Association
• Michigan Association of Home Builders • Michigan Pulp and Paper Environmental Council
• Michigan Association of Realtors • Michigan Retailers Association
• Michigan Chamber of Commerce • National Federation of Independent Business of Michigan
• Michigan Chemical Council • Small Business Association of Michigan
Associations are encouraging their members to participate. For further information, contact any
of the above listed professional associations or the Environmental Assistance Center at 1-800-
FOSTERING VOLUNTARY POLLUTION PREVENTION IN THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can I sign up to be a Michigan Business Pollution Prevention (MBP3) partner at any time?
A: Yes. Be aware, though, that the goals and commitment are based on the calendar year. Thus, if you
sign up and then submit your goals in October 1997, you may wish to state that the goals are for
1998. However, if you have been working on the goals prior to officially submitting them, you can
choose to submit them as 1997 goals. That decision will be left up to you.
Q: What if my business already has a pollution prevention (P2) policy and P2 goals?
A: Great! We want you to join early. Members with successful projects can become mentors to others
who are trying to achieve their own goals. You will receive early recognition as a participant, and
continue to be recognized as you assist others.
Q: Once I sign up, how long do I have to submit my business’s goals?
A: Participants are to identify pollution prevention goals within six months after their participation
commitment. If your business is ready to submit them when registering for the MBP3 or before the
six months is up, you are welcome to do so.
Q: What constitutes a goal?
A: A commitment to reduce waste and/or releases. Each goal should specify the type of pollution to be
prevented or reduced, or activities undertaken, and the projected time frame.
Q: Is there assistance if we need help with our pollution prevention policy or in setting our P2 goals?
A: Yes, we have a P2 publications list, some example pollution prevention policies and completed
Annual Report forms, and both general pollution prevention information and, in many instances,
sector specific pollution prevention guides. Also available are free, confidential waste reduction
assessments through RETAP (Retired Engineers Technical Assistance Program). Contact the Michigan
Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) Environmental Assistance Center (EAC) at 1-800-
Q: I need definitions for the terms sector, cross-media transfer, and multi-media.
A: Sector — group or segment of business, i.e.: metal finishing, chemicals, or construction; cross-media
transfer — example: waste that was being released into the air is now being dissolved and discharged
in the water; multi-media — air, water, non-hazardous solid waste, and hazardous waste.
Q: When do I receive my Certificate of Participation?
A: Once a facility or corporation has registered and submitted their P2 goals, a Certificate of Participation
will be provided by the MDEQ Environmental Assistance Division (EAD). A certificate of achievement
for the next corresponding year will be given when a business turns in its annual report for the
prior year, renews its commitment to the program, and submits its updated goals.
Q: What if I need help with my annual report?
A: We have available upon request, a suggested-format annual report form with examples of how it
might be filled out. Also, any of the Professional Associations listed in the Program Overview will be
able to assist you if you have further questions. If there is not an Association that can assist you, the
Environmental Assistance Division will provide the necessary assistance.
Q: When is my annual report on my 1997 goals due and what will be done with the information
A: MBP3 annual reports on 1997 goals are due on April 1, 1998. The MDEQ-EAD will be compiling
these reports into a summarized report. The summarized report and the submitted annual reports
will be available to the public.
Q: When do I submit my new 1998 pollution prevention goals?
A: Submit them when you submit your 1997 annual report.
Q: What if I do not complete a 1997 goal?
A: In your annual report, tell us about the goals you were able to complete, then tell us about any goals
you were not able to complete — how far you got and why you did not get further. Review your 1997
goals and decide whether to revise or restate them as 1998 goals, or replace them with other goals.
Q: What is the baseline year for measurement?
A: A participant may choose any year from 1988 to the present for their baseline year. The flexibility of
the baseline year is designed to reward, not penalize, those organizations that have been using
pollution prevention practices over the past several years. Participants that report Toxic Release
Inventory (TRI) data are encouraged to use 1988 as the base reporting year.
Q: How does this program interface with the MDEQ regulatory divisions?
A: This is a separate, voluntary program intended to foster P2 in the business community. It is designed
to recognize and share the pollution prevention and reduction efforts of the participants.
Q: If I am a large quantity hazardous waste generator, can I use my registration in the MBP3 to
meet my hazardous waste manifest requirement that I have a program in place to reduce my
volume and toxicity of waste generated?
A: The MBP3 is not intended to demonstrate compliance or to be used to meet the manifest requirement,
although this program does go above and beyond compliance in many instances.
Q: How does this program fit with the other Michigan pollution prevention partnerships and the
Clean Corporate Citizen program?
A: Individual business facilities that participate in the MBP3 will satisfy the pollution prevention
criterion established for the Clean Corporate Citizen program. Businesses that participate in other
pollution prevention partnerships such as the Michigan Great Printers Project, Automotive Project,
or Pulp and Paper Pollution Prevention Project are welcome to join the MBP3.
The Registration Process
• You commit to the Michigan Business Pollution Prevention Partnership by filling out, signing,
and faxing or mailing the registration form back to the MDEQ-EAD.
• After you have committed to the project, your will need to:
• Adopt a company/facility pollution prevention policy,
• Develop, submit to MDEQ-EAD, and work towards accomplishing specific pollution
prevention and reduction goals, and
• Report annually on progress towards your goals (annual reports are due by April 1st of the
• Visit the Michigan Business Pollution Prevention Partnership web site at:
• For waste reduction assistance, call the MDEQ Environmental Assistance Center (EAC) at 1-
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