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Because of the TURA framework, we are in a better position to meet customers’ needs for green products. Our TURA plan wasn’t something we wrote, put on a shelf and then updated in two years. This work is embedded into our management system and measured.
- Beth Tshudy, Analog Devices

Toxics Use Reduction Planning

Reducing Toxics at the Source

The planning requirement was one of the novel innovations in source reduction pioneered by the landmark Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA) when it became law in 1990. Whereas traditional environmental regulations focused on controlling emissions and releases of pollutants to the environment, TURA promoted preventive strategies - reducing the use of toxic chemicals and the generation of toxic waste before recycling, treatment, or disposal.

Alternative Planning Options

The 2006 Amendments to the Toxics Use Reduction Act created opportunities within the TURA framework for Resource Conservation (RC) and Environmental Management Systems (EMS) planning. 

Over 1000 professionals from industry, government and academia have been trained and certified as Toxics Use Reduction Planners.  

Benefits of Planning

Through Toxics Use Reduction Planning, companies in Massachusetts have reduced their toxic waste by over 66% since 1989. At the same time, companies are finding the rewards in savings and in the marketplace. Companies:

  • Gain detailed information about production process efficiency
  • Learn where money is spent on non-product outputs 
  • Identify total chemical costs and liabilities
  • Confidently consider technology innovation or new technology adoption
  • Implement changes that help them stay competitive for the long-term