Standardized manifest form requirement
Effective September 5, 2006, all hazardous waste
generators and treatment, storage, and disposal facilities were
required to use EPA’s standardized hazardous waste manifest
form. Since 1980, the manifest form has provided a complete paper
trail of a waste’s progress from generation to disposal.
It also identifies the type, amount, and toxicity
of hazardous waste being shipped. The standardized form will save
waste handlers and regulators time and money, while guaranteeing
the continued, safe management of hazardous waste.
The standardized form reduces or eliminates many
of the variables in state requirements. EPA’s new manifest
form also provides check boxes and adds fields that allow for better
tracking of complicated shipments, such as container residues, rejected
wastes, and interstate shipments. The new form also makes it easier
to collect data for hazardous waste reporting. EPA has ensured uniformity
by authorizing printers and providing them with precise specifications.
Like the old form, each standardized form carries a unique preprinted
manifest tracking number. The standardized form also allows multistate
waste handlers to register and use their own manifest forms everywhere
they do business.
EPA estimates about 139,000 businesses in approximately
45 industries ship about 12 million tons of hazardous wastes annually.
These businesses use between 2 and 5 million hazardous waste manifests.
Information on the manifest is at www.epa.gov/epaoswer/hazwaste/gener/manifest.