The Mark Of Zero

The Official Blog of the Zero Waste Network

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Pollution Prevention makes its way to Korea

Representatives from the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable made their way to Korea for a second time in March. Working with the South Korean federal government and several local industries, NPPR is promoting Pollution Prevention methods and building a strong Pollution Prevention base in Korea.
Four NPPR representatives made the trip including Thomas Vinson-Peng, director of the Zero Waste Network, who was making his second trip around, Ken Grimm, of the Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Recourse Center (PPRC), Scott Butner, director of ChemAlliance, and Tony Cooper, of the Washington Department of Ecology. The quartet worked closely with local agents to prepare and present a Pollution Prevention Training Workshop. Lean manufacturing was one of the most popular topics in the training. Site visits were also made, and several companies who were visited last October by the joint US/Korean team had visible improvements.

International efforts will continue as Pollution Prevention methods and Zero Waste movements continue to spread their global appeal and as more countries learn about how waste reduction is a win-win solution providing savings and environmental benefits. NPPR plans to continue its international efforts. If you wish for more information, contact the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable at (202) 299-9701 or

*Pictures courtesy of Scott Butner.

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