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Last Updated: Thursday, January 5, 2012 11:41 AM

Caltrans hazardous waste management

The Caltrans Hazardous Waste Management program assists districts statewide with the management of contaminants and wastes encountered on highway projects and Caltrans properties. Technical experts assist or supplement district staff directing assessment, investigation or cleanup activities and develop guidelines for the management of these activities. Other activities conducted by program experts include, ensuring that the hazardous waste sections of environmental documents prepared for CEQA and NEPA compliance are complete and that contract specifications addressing hazardous waste and substances prepared for construction activities are accurate. If you are seeking information on hazardous material spills, contact the Maintenance Webmaster at, this link is not for reporting a spill of a hazardous material on a State highway. If you want to report a spill please call 911 or the California Department of Toxic Substances Control at 1-800-72TOXIC (1-800-728-6942).

Contaminants and Waste

Frequently, materials are encountered during highway project development that require special management activities such as aerially deposited lead, asbestos, asphalt and concrete grindings or, treated wood waste. Find out more about how we handle this material at this link.

Contaminated Properties

Caltrans attempts to avoid acquiring properties where contaminants may exist. The Hazardous Waste Program maintains policy addressing acquisition of these types of properties and management of hazardous materials and contamination during project delivery. View our Acquisition of Contaminated Property policy, Hazardous Material Remediation for Special Funded and Jointly Funded Projects policy, and link to Cal/EPA’s list of contaminated sites (Cortese List).

Special Provisions

Caltrans construction contracts must accurately address how contractors will manage materials encountered during construction activities. View contract waste and contaminant special provisions used by Caltrans.

Guidance (coming Soon)

The Hazardous Waste Program develops guidance to assist districts when addressing hazardous waste. View our current subjects including, risk analysis, site remediation, site closure, geophysical tools, health and safety, environmental reporting, and many more topics.


These State and Federal agencies regulate or have information about contaminants and waste management.

Division of Environmental Analysis, Hazardous Waste Management Program
California Department of Transportation
P.O. Box 942874, MS-27
Sacramento, CA 94274-0001
For more information please e-mail