Hazardous Waste

 

Every year hazardous waste generators are required to fill out forms describing their activities during the previous year. The forms must then be submitted to the Oregon DEQ.

Hazardous waste treatment, storage and disposal facilities are facilities that, because of their specific activities, are required to have a hazardous waste permit for operation. TSDFs permits are complex and stringent. They are primarily issued to facilities specializing in commercial hazardous waste management services.

Universal Waste refers to a specific set of hazardous waste items commonly used and disposed of by businesses and other non-households. Federal and state rules are meant to encourage and streamline management of the following hazardous wastes:

  • rechargeable batteries,
  • pesticides,
  • mercury-containing equipment (e.g., thermostats), and
  • lamps (e.g., fluorescent bulbs).
 

The goal of the universal waste management requirements is to reduce the amount of hazardous waste that ends up in solid waste landfills and that may eventually pollute waterways.

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Notification Forms and Site Identification Numbers:

Vehicle dismantlers play a valuable role by recovering, rebuilding and reselling usable parts from worn out or damaged vehicles and recycling other materials. Although generation of wastes may be unavoidable, vehicle dismantlers can help protect the health of our environment through good waste management practices.

DEQ has prepared the following guidance documents and checklist for use by vehicle dismantlers to manage and minimize environmental risks.

Fact Sheets

 

Policies

Used Antifreeze Management Policy

Environmentally sound management of pesticide wastes and empty pesticide containers is in everyone's best interest. Accidental release or indiscriminate discharge of pesticide waste into the environment can harm people and contaminate surface and groundwater. Pesticide-contaminated water poses a hazard to non-target organisms such as plants, beneficial insects, fish and other aquatic life.

 

For detailed information on the management of waste pesticides, refer to the Oregon Administrative Rule Chapter 340, Division 109. Universal waste rules are found in the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 40, Part 273 and Chapter 340, Division 113.

 

Applicable State Rules 

The rules that apply to managing pesticide waste can be found in Oregon Administrative Rules, Chapter 340 in the following Divisions:
  • Division 100 - Hazardous Waste Management System: General
  • Division 101 - Identification and Listing of Hazardous Waste
  • Division 102 - Standards Applicable to Generators of Hazardous Waste
  • Division 109 - Management of Pesticide Wastes
  • Division 113 - Universal Waste Management
  • Division 142 - Oil and Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Requirements