Reducing the Use of Toxic and Hazardous Material

Portland International Airport has miles of runways, taxiways and perimeter roads that need regular striping to keep up with heavy wear and tear of planes and service equipment. After 10 years of research and testing, the Port of Portland switched to water-based paints for striping on the PDX airfield. This action significantly reduced the use of toxic chemicals (toluene and acetone) and disposal of hazardous waste. This reduction in hazardous waste generation contributed to PDX’s Maintenance Department journey to becoming a Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator status, according to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards.

In 2013, the Port became part of the Healthy Purchasing Coalition. The partnership, facilitated by the Oregon Environmental Council, also includes Multnomah County, Portland Development Commission, Portland State University and the cities of Portland, Hillsboro and Eugene. Coalition members agree to adopt policies that encourage their organization to avoid purchasing hazardous materials. The Port has adopted its own Sustainable Procurement Policy and involvement on the coalition will help the Port share ideas amongst other agencies seeking to minimize the use of toxic materials.

Dorothy Sperry, Environmental Affairs Manager, 503.415.6642

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Healthy Purchasing Coalition