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Phone: 503-823-7740

Fax: 503-823-6995

1120 SW 5th Avenue, Room 1000, Portland, OR 97204

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Pollution Prevention Programs and EcoBiz Certification

Dental Program

This program reduces pollution from both liquids and solids generated by dental offices, clinics and schools. The focus is the proper collection and disposal of mercury, mercury amalgam, silver and lead (foil), and the proper use of the "red bag" for disposal of bio-medical waste. Mercury waste should never be placed in the "red bag" for disposal. Mercury waste should be collected and recycled. With the adoption of SB 704/HB3611, this now mandatory program certifies that dentists handle their wastes appropriately and have installed an mercury amalgam separator. As of January 1, 2010 all dental facilities within the state are required to have approved mercury amalgam separator. The Oregon Dental Association and the Oregon Board of Dentistry, in cooperation with local governmental agencies, implements the dental program.


Automotive Eco-Logical Certification Program

This multi-jurisdictional program helps automotive businesses work to reach the highest standards in minimizing their environmental impact. The Automotive Eco-Logical Business Program is broken down into the following evaluation areas:

  • Freon Recycling
  • Hazardous Waste Management
  • Used Oil
  • Wash Water
  • Radiator Repair
  • Air Quality
  • Spill Prevention and Response
  • Product and Waste Storage
  • Cleaning
  • Purchasing and Inventory Management
  • Operations
  • Employee Training and Involvement
  • Utilities

To qualify as an Eco-Logical Business, auto shops must meet all LEGAL and program requirements and 80% of the elective options. Upon certification, shops receive free advertising in local community newspapers, posting on the Eco-Logical Business website, free program information brochures for their customers, a window sticker and a wall certificate. Shops are eligible for re-certification every three years. A list of certified shops is online. Click here for more information about the program.


Landscape Eco-Logical Certification Program

This program encourages landscape contractors to adopt Best Management Practices to reduce negative impacts on the environment. The City of Portland and the Pollution Prevention Outreach Team, a regional government group, works with local landscape professionals to encourage exemplary environmentally friendly business practices. Landscape professionals are provided with technical assistance on environmental regulations and pollution prevention strategies. Once a business completes the program requirements, they are certified as an Eco-Logical Business. Businesses may be certified in one or more categories including design, installation, maintenance and irrigation. As an incentive to join the program, certified businesses are then recognized through free marketing. The Oregon Landscape Contractors Association and the National Irrigation Association are active participants in the program. Click here to learn more.