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Upcoming trainings

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

2023 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 

​Sept. 7, 2023, 8 a.m. to noon 

Nov. 15, 2023, 8 a.m. to noon

After registering for the above meetings, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. For questions, contact Alex Bertolucci. 

In-person classes are free except where noted. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis since space is limited. Registration is required and the registration contact information is located in the link below.

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