Guidelines for local governments
DEQ plays a central role in the disposal of disaster debris. Reimbursement by the federal government for costs incurred by public agencies in response to an emergency may be hampered if state and local agencies have not coordinated and communicated with DEQ on the location and handling of disaster debris. Letting DEQ know where disaster debris can go in your area will help us let residents know where to take their wastes.
For best management practices in the handling and sorting of storm debris, please see:
Get DEQ approval for disaster debris sites
Existing permitted solid waste facilities, transfer stations, landfills, material recovery facilities and compost facilities may need to make changes to their operations in response to a disaster. For help identifying and pre-approving a site in your county, please contact the appropriate DEQ office.
Eastern Region Office, The Dalles
Baker, Crook, Deschutes, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Hood River, Jefferson, Klamath, Lake, Malheur, Morrow, Sherman, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, Wasco and Wheeler counties.
Solid Waste Permit Coordinator: 541-298-7255 x221
Northwest Region Office, Portland
Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Multnomah, Tillamook and Washington counties.
Solid Waste Permit Coordinator: 503-229-5353
Toll-free in Oregon, 1-800-452-4011 x5353
Western Region Office, Salem
Benton, Coos, Curry, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties.
Solid Waste Permit Coordinator: 503-378-5047
Toll-free in Oregon, 1-800-349-7677
DEQ may be able to help permitted facilities temporarily increase the volume of acceptable wastes allowed by the DEQ solid waste permit to accommodate disaster related debris, allow permitted facilities to set up areas for collection of disaster related wastes, and provide temporary authorization to accept wastes not normally allowed in the solid waste permit.
For temporary facilities
DEQ can issue temporary Solid Waste Letters of Authorization for temporary facilities with a very short turn-around time. Having the letter of authorization helps the facility comply with state law which can impact the ability to get FEMA reimbursements.
See the Disaster Debris Management fact sheet for instructions on obtaining a Letter of Authorization.
DEQ disaster waste management contacts
Debris management, including setting up temporary handling sites and hazardous waste collection at those sites
Hazardous materials management
To report a hazardous spill
Water quality issues, including treatment facilities
Facility's water quality permit manager.
Emergency burn permits, general questions or complaints
Air Quality regional contacts
Information for disaster debris management for residents