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Technical Assistance

Hazardous waste technical assistance available from DEQ is non-regulatory in nature and is available free in the form of on-site visits, training workshops and telephone consultations. This technical assistance is available only for business and municipalities that handle and report regulated hazardous waste. Hazardous Waste technical assistance does not cover regulated infectious waste or household hazardous waste.

For assistance with residential issues and handling household toxic substances and waste, please visit our Household Hazardous Waste page or contact:  

Pete Pasterz
Program Coordinator
Household Hazardous Waste Program

For assistance with infectious waste, please visit our Infectious Waste page or contact:  

Steve Siegel 
Senior Policy Analyst 
Materials Management Program

Technical assistance brochure

On-site assistance

On-site visits are conveniently scheduled and will:
  • Identify where you may save money through reduced disposal costs and less regulation.
  • Explain the hazardous waste regulations that apply to your business.
  • Help you determine what areas need improvement.
  • Request feedback on any changes you make as a result of the visit.
  • Ensure that you will not be inspected while receiving technical assistance.

Telephone assistance
You may also contact DEQ by telephone. Callers may remain anonymous. We will provide prompt responses to your questions, fact sheets and resource guides.

To contact DEQ to schedule an on-site visit or receive telephone assistance, please contact the DEQ regional office nearest you:

Northwest Region
Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Multnomah, Tillamook, and Washington counties
Western Region
Benton, Coos, Curry, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties
Eastern Region
Baker, Crook, Deschutes, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Hood River, Jefferson, Klamath, Lake, Malheur, Morrow, Sherman, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, Wasco, and Wheeler counties

Success stories

See how the following companies have reduced their use of toxic materials and generation of hazardous waste.