Waste and Air Quality Management

DEQ's Toxic Waste Management branch protects public health and the environment through the enforcement and ongoing inspections of hazaroudous waste, used oil, solid wastes, anti-littering, recycling, and emergency response. This branch is responsible for regulating businesses that engage or manage hazardous (auto/heavy equipment shops, drycleaning shops, print or photo shops) or solid wastes (landfill, recycling centers, trash hauling/collection), issuing citations to litter violators and responding to oil/chemical spill on land or water, authorization of Onsite or Commercial Used Oil operations, including storage, and disposal of used oil through the use of an approved Used Oil Burner Unit and/or off island shipment; terrorist threats, UXO detonation, weapons of mass destruction or any natural or manmade disaster.

 

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Hazardous Waste

Wastes are considered hazardous when the material (solid, liquid, or gaseous) poses a threat to public health and env...more

Emergency Response

The Emergency Response Team is trained and equipped to effectively respond to natural and human-caused disasters suc...more

Solid Waste

Improper disposal of solid wastes results in illegal dumping. Illegal dumping can disrupt natural processes on land and...more

Litter Control

The Litter Control Branch in DEQ enforces the Litter Control Act, conduct public education and outreach, and train perso...more

Waste Reduction/Recycling

Reuse...containers and productsReduce...amount of trash discardedRecycle...and use recycled ma...more

Used Oil Program

DEQ’s Used Oil Management program is responsible for conducting field surveys to auto dealers and repair shops, heavy eq...more

Pollution Prevention

Pollution prevention (P2) is reducing or eliminating waste at the source by modifying production processes, promo...more