Department of Environmental Quality

  • BrownfieldsA generally accepted definition of a brownfield is "a real property where expansion or redevelopment is complicated by actual or perceived environmental contamination."
  • CompostingComposting contributes to Oregon’s waste recovery goals through the efforts of commercial and agricultural composting operations and citizens who compost in their backyards.
  • Conversion Technology FacilitiesConversion technology facilities use organic wastes such as plastics and tires to produce fuels, chemicals or other useful products.
  • DisposalSolid Waste disposal forms and beneficial use of solid waste determinations.
  • Dry Cleaners
  • Emergency ResponseDEQ's Emergency Response Program is designed to carry out legislative direction to work with other agencies and industry to prevent and respond to spills of oil and hazardous materials.
  • Environmental Cleanup
  • Environmental Impacts of Food Waste ManagementDEQ commissioned a project to assess the environmental impacts of the four most common food waste processing technologies to help inform the direction that would be best for the state to follow as food waste recovery programs begin to expand across Oregon.
  • Green BuildingDEQ's green building program focuses on reducing environmental impacts over the lifecycle of building materials used in residential homes.
  • Hazardous WasteDEQ is authorized by the federal Environmental Protection Agency to regulate hazardous waste in Oregon. Proper hazardous waste management is an integral part of protecting Oregon's land, air, and water systems.
  • Heating Oil TanksThe HOT Program handles issues related to tanks storing fuel oil to heat buildings for human habitation.
  • Household Hazardous WasteAccording to national estimates, each home contains from three to eight gallons of hazardous materials in kitchens, bathrooms, garages, and basements.
  • Infectious WasteInfectious Waste can be a threat to human health and the environment. Because so many people can come into contact with infectious waste, it is very important that this special type of waste be properly managed.
  • Leaking Underground Storage Tanks ProgramThe Leaking Underground Storage Tank Program handles issues related to cleanup of soil and groundwater contamination from spills and releases from regulated underground storage tanks.
  • Materials ManagementDEQ's materials management programs help consumers and industry make more sustainable choices for Oregon's future. They include: recycling, composting, waste prevention, etc.
  • Materials Management Grants DEQ's grant program, recently re-started in 2015, offers funding for recycling, waste prevention and other materials management projects.
  • Mercury Information
  • Oregon E-CyclesOregon E-Cycles Program
  • PaintIn 2009 Oregon enacted a law requiring architectural paint manufacturers to start a program to reduce waste, increase reuse and recycling, and safely dispose of remaining unusable paint and other coatings. Paint product stewardship program complements and expands on the network of local waste collection programs, saving local governments money in transportation and disposal costs.
  • Product StewardshipProducers and consumers share responsibility and cost for materials management.
  • Prospective Purchaser Agreements
  • Recycling
  • Site Assessment
  • Solid Waste DisposalLearn about all things related to disposal, including landfills, animal mortality, illegal dumping, infectious waste, waste tires.
  • Solid Waste Permits
  • Tanks ProgramThe Tanks Section is a driving force behind restoring, enhancing and maintaining the quality of Oregon's air, water and land by the proper installation of new tank systems; the monitoring, maintenance and upgrade of existing tank systems; and the timely cleanup of petroleum contamination from UST releases.
  • Toxic Reduction and Safer AlternativesWe want chemicals, materials, and products that are safe for people and ecosystems throughout their life cycle.
  • Underground Storage Tanks The UST Program handles issues related to tanks storing gasoline, ethanol, diesel, biodiesel and listed hazardous substances.
  • Universal Waste
  • Used Oil Management
  • Voluntary Cleanup
  • Waste Prevention and Reuse
  • Waste Prevention Campaigns
  • Waste Recovery and Composting