Protecting Public Health and the Environment.

Idaho Environmental Guide for Local Governments: Waste Management & Remediation


Brownfields are properties for which expansion, redevelopment, or reuse may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. Abandoned or underutilized properties result in wasted infrastructure, development of green space on the edge of town, and blight in urban and neighborhood areas. Cleaning up these properties can benefit communities through licensed property tax bases and job growth. Learn more.

Hazardous Waste

Hazardous waste is waste with properties that make it dangerous or potentially harmful to human health or the environment. Hazardous wastes can be by-products of manufacturing processes or simply discarded commercial products. They must be properly disposed of to prevent their release into the environment. Cities and counties have an important role in protecting ground water in the communities. Learn more.

Household Hazardous Waste

Common household hazardous wastes include paints and stains, cleaners, batteries, compact fluorescent light bulbs, and pharmaceuticals. Improperly disposing of hazardous wastes is harmful to the environment. Communities are encouraged to provide household hazardous waste collection programs to assist households in properly disposing of these wastes. Learn more.

Inactive or Abandoned Mining Areas

Cities and counties with mining activities should take mining and mining waste issues into consideration when developing zoning ordinances. Learn more.

Petroleum Storage or Fueling

Are storage tanks used to store petroleum or certain other hazardous liquids in your community? Leaking underground storage tanks can pose a serious environmental threat if the stored petroleum or other hazardous substance seeps into the soil and contaminates ground water, which is the source of most of Idaho's drinking water. Learn about practice measures here.

Solid Waste

Solid waste is any garbage or refuse, sludge from a wastewater treatment plant, water supply treatment plant, or air pollution control facility and other discarded material including solid, liquid, semi-solid, or contained gaseous material resulting from industrial, commercial, mining, and agricultural operations and from community activities. Counties are responsible  for managing solid waste within their jurisdiction. Communities can develop recycling programs to extend the life of landfills. Learn more.

Waste Tires

Idaho's Waste Tire Disposal Act ensures waste tires are properly stored, disposed of, and transported in Idaho. Abandoned tire piles pose a fire threat to communities. Learn about storage site requirements here.

Staff Contacts

Ground Water and Remediation Manager
Albert Crawshaw
DEQ Boise Regional Office
1445 N. Orchard St.
Boise, ID 83706
(208) 373-0469

Remediation Manager
Gary Stevens
DEQ Coeur d'Alene Regional Office
2110 Ironwood Parkway
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814
(208) 666-4627

Air Quality/Remediation Manager
Rensay Owen
DEQ Idaho Falls Regional Office
900 N. Skyline Drive, Suite B
Idaho Falls, ID 83402
(208) 528-2650

Remediation Manager
Dana Harper
DEQ Lewiston Regional Office
1118 "F" St.
Lewiston, ID 83501
(208) 799-4881

Remediation Manager
Douglas Tanner
DEQ Pocatello Regional Office
444 Hospital Way #300
Pocatello, ID 83201
(208) 236-6160

Air Quality/Remediation Manager
Bobby Dye
DEQ Twin Falls Regional Office
650 Addison Avenue West, Suite 110
Twin Falls, ID 83301
(208) 736-2190