Industrial pollution is the contamination of the environment by businesses, particularly plants and factories, that dump waste products into the air and water. Industrial waste is one of the largest contributors to the global pollution problem endangering people and the environment.
Many dangerous pollutants, by-products of manufacturing, enter the air and water, risking health and lives. Common pollutants include carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, mercury and lead. Waste released into the water systems, including medical waste, kills river and ocean life. Cities are particularly at risk for the direct effects of industrial pollution, but the ultimate results filter down throughout the environment.