Uniform Hazardous Waste Manifest Requirements

Key Points for Manifesting

  • Users in the regulated community have the option to use electronic manifests or paper manifest forms.
  • The existing 6-copy manifest form has been replaced with a new 5-copy manifest form
  • Per the US DOT hazardous materials regulations, a transporter must carry one paper copy of a manifest on their transport vehicle for emergency responders in the event of an incident during transport.
  • Electronic manifests are the legal equivalent to paper manifests when obtained, used, and submitted in accordance with the e-Manifest regulations.
  • The e-Manifest system will collect manifests for wastes shipped on a manifest, where the manifest is required either by federal law, or the law of the generator state or destination state.
  • Any requirement in the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) regulations to give, provide, send, forward, or return a copy of the manifest to another person (including states) is satisfied when an electronic manifest is submitted to the system (40 CFR Part 262.24(a)(2) and Part 264.71(f)(2)).
  • Final manifests are no longer distributed to states.  Receiving facilities are required to submit final manifests to EPA for the e-Manifest system.  See How to Submit a Manifest to EPA.  

Overview of Manifest Recordkeeping Requirements

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Additional information about the uniform hazardous waste manifest program is available from the EPA website.

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