(40 CFR 261 and 262 incorporated by ARM 17.53
262.20, 262.21, 262.22, AND 262.23)
Hazardous Waste Manifest is a multi-part form and must accompany the waste shipment being transported for off-site
treatment, recycling, storage, or disposal. When completed, it
contains information on the type and quantity of the waste being transported,
instructions for handling the waste, and signatures of all parties involved in
the off-site treatment, recycling, storage, or disposal process. Each party
also must retain a copy of the manifest. This process ensures critical
accountability in the transportation and disposal process. Once the waste
reaches its destination, the receiving facility returns a signed copy of the
manifest to the generator, confirming that the waste has been received.
The manifest allows all parties involved in hazardous waste management (e.g., generators, transporters, TSDFs,
EPA, DEQ) to track the movement of hazardous waste from the point of generation
to the point of ultimate treatment, storage, or disposal. A
RCRA manifest contains the following required information:
- Generator information.
- Transporter information.
- Receiving facility information.
- DOT description of the waste’s hazards.
- Quantities of the wastes transported and container type.
Each manifest also contains a certification that states:
- The shipment has been accurately described and is in proper condition for
- The generator has a waste minimization program in place to reduce the
volume and toxicity of hazardous waste to the degree economically practicable,
as determined by the generator.
- The treatment, storage, or disposal method
chosen by the generator is the most practicable method currently available that
minimizes the risk to human health and the environment.
Each time a waste is transferred (e.g., from a transporter to the designated facility
or from a transporter to another transporter), the manifest must be signed to acknowledge receipt of the
waste. A copy of the manifest is retained by each individual in the
transportation chain. Once the waste is delivered to the designated facility,
the owner and operator of that facility must sign and return a copy of the
manifest to the generator. This system ensures that the generator has
documentation that the hazardous waste has arrived at its ultimate destination.
To further ensure the safe transport of hazardous waste, a generator may not
offer waste for transport unless that transporter has an EPA ID number.
Generators must maintain a copy of the manifest for 3 years.
A RCRA Manifest is not required for a SQG if: (40 CFR 262.20(e))
- The waste is reclaimed under a contractual agreement that spells out the type of
waste and how often the waste will be shipped.
- The waste is transported to the recycling facility and the regenerated material is brought back to the
generator in a vehicle owned and operated by the reclaimer of the waste.
- An equivalent document is prepared.
- The generator maintains a copy of the reclamation agreement for at least 3 years
after termination or expiration of the agreement.
Hazardous waste generators who ship
their hazardous waste by rail must provide at least 3 copies of the RCRA
manifest dated, signed and filled in with all federal required information to:
- The next non-rail transporter, or;
- The designated facility, if solely transported by rail; or
- The last rail transporter to handle the waste in the U.S. if exported by rail.