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Upcoming trainings

Updates will be posted to this web page, as well as sent out via GovDelivery.

2024 DEQ Online Hazardous Waste Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Basic Training 

DEQ provides online training on the basics of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, hazardous waste rules, and managing the most common wastes. Classes are free. Register through the Zoom registration links below.

NOTE: This is not a Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response or HAZWOPER training. Your state or regional Occupational Safety and Health Administration office may be able to provide information on options. 

  • Background of RCRA
  • RCRA definition of solid waste
  • RCRA definition of hazardous waste
  • RCRA excluded and exempted wastes
  • The hazardous waste determination process
  • Hazardous waste recycling, treatment and disposal
  • Management requirements (storage, transport, disposal)
  • Emergency preparedness, spills and record-keeping requirements
  • Basics of toxics use reduction
  • Tips for compliance from a DEQ RCRA inspector 


In-person RCRA Basics
Bart Collinsworth of DEQ is hosting four in-person RCRA Basics trainings. Email or call Denise Miller at 541-333-8515 to register for the meeting of your choice below:

  • Salem - March 13, 2024, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Willow Lake Treatment Plant, Columbia Room ​
    5915 Windsor Island Rd.
    N. Keizer, OR 97303

  • Medford - May 8, 2024, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Goodwill Center
    11W. Jackson Street
    Medford, OR 97501

  • Eugene - July 9, 2024, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.​
    DEQ's Eugene Office, Willamette Conference Room
    165 E 7th Ave #100
    Eugene, OR 97401

  • Salem – To be determined.

There will also be an additional October 2024 Salem training. Details will be available on this web page as they come available.

In-person tailored training
DEQ's Hazardous Waste Technical Assistance Program can come to your facility and train your staff based on your facility's needs. The first step is to contact your local Technical Advisor to set up your free site visit today.  

Recorded trainings

How to Make a Hazardous Waste Determination


Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals and Amendment to the P075 Listing for Nicotine: Changes for Healthcare Facilities, March 8, 2022.


Generator Improvements Rule, March 30, 2022

Definition of Solid Waste Rule, May 16, 2023


U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Definition of Solid Waste Rule is effective in Oregon as of Jan. 1, 2023. These rule changes affect all large, small and very small quantity hazardous waste generators that recycle hazardous secondary materials or seek a variance from managing a specific, legitimately recycled hazardous material as hazardous waste. More information, including fact sheets and other guidance documents, can be found on DEQ's Hazardous Waste Rules page

Additional resources

Northwest Region
Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Multnomah, Tillamook, and Washington counties

  • Pete Anderson
    503-229-5070, Portland
  • Alex Bertolucci
    503-229-5336, Portland
Western Region
Benton, Coos, Curry, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties

  • Bart Collinsworth
    503-378-5071, Salem
Eastern Region
Baker, Crook, Deschutes, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Hood River, Jefferson, Klamath, Lake, Malheur, Morrow, Sherman, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, Wasco, and Wheeler counties

  • Ryan Peterson
    503-475-1297, Bend