Each year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency celebrates Pollution Prevention Week - the third week in September - to highlight ways the agency is working with an array of organizations to prevent pollution right from the start. The 2015 week-long observance is particularly important since it marks the 25th anniversary of the Pollution Prevention Act, the law which established the national policy that pollution should be prevented or reduced at the source whenever feasible.\r\n\u201cWe celebrate Pollution Prevention Week to recognize people and organizations who are successfully preventing pollution to reduce their environmental footprint, and to remind others that we all can choose to do one small thing for a healthier environment,\u201d said EPA Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin. \u201cCompared to 25 years ago, more businesses, industries, communities and families are seeing the health and economic benefits of reducing waste and using energy and other natural resources more wisely.\u201d\r\nEPA estimates that each individual generates about 1.67 tons of solid waste per year, which equates to about 4.62 pounds per person each day. Whether you are a student, a parent, a small business owner or a corporate leader, everyone can help.\r\nThese tips can help you prevent pollution:\r\n\u2022 Ride a bike, carpool, walk, or take mass transportation to work or school.\r\n\u2022 Buy school supplies wrapped with minimal packaging; or buy products that come in bulk sizes. Packaging accounts for more than 30 percent of all the waste generated each year.\r\n\u2022 Use re-useable lunch containers bags rather than paper or plastic.\r\n\u2022 Practice Safe Take-out - Say NO to extra napkins, plastic-ware and condiments.\r\n\u2022 Help start a recycling program at school or at work.\r\n\u2022 Use only recycled paper and other recycled products.\r\n\u2022 Maintain heaters, air conditioners, refrigerators, and other energy using equipment, to reduce the amount of energy used.\r\n\u2022 Switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs.\r\n\u2022 When you purchase electronics and appliances look for the ENERGYSTAR label and buy the most energy efficient items possible to meet your needs.\r\n\u2022 Purchase products in bulk with minimal packaging.\r\n\u2022 Save water and protect the environment by choosing WaterSense labeled products in your home, yard, and business and taking simple steps to save water each day.\r\nFor more information on Pollution Prevention Week and other ways you can prevent pollution every day, visit: http:\/\/www2.epa.gov\/p2week.