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The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has very specific rules regarding the handling and disposal of materials containing asbestos. DEQ also requires an asbestos survey be performed by an accredited inspector to determine the presence of asbestos in or on a structure prior to any demolition activities.

Asbestos was used widely in building materials throughout the 1900’s. Use has decreased significantly since the 1970’s but there are some materials still in production today that contain asbestos. If your home was built prior to 1990, there is a high potential that asbestos-containing materials were used in its construction.

You can’t identify asbestos simply by looking at it. You should consider hiring a professional to conduct a survey of possible asbestos-containing materials in your home. To be safe, treat all suspect materials as if they contain asbestos until you get samples analyzed. Prior to doing any remodeling or demolition work, you should confirm the presence of asbestos by having suspect materials analyzed by a laboratory.

Southern Oregon Sanitation, Inc. does not accept any construction or demolition material at our transfer stations or in our residential or commercial containers without having an Asbestos Clearance Certification from a certified abatement company stating the material is asbestos free. The certificate is valid for one year from the date of the inspection and/or abatement.

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos information for home owners

DEQ LIST OF Licensed Asbestos Abatement Contractors

This is a list of asbestos abatement contractors that have obtained a license from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. This list does not constitute an endorsement by Southern Oregon Sanitation. Services provided and costs are solely determined between the abatement contractors and their customer.