Hazardous Waste Manifests
Hazardous waste transported for disposal or treatment must be accompanied by a Uniform Hazardous Waste Manifest form:
- The federal uniform hazardous waste manifest consists of 6 white pages.
- The federal manifest does not include a generator copy for submission to the State Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC). A generator must make a legible photocopy of the manifest and mail it to DTSC within 30 days of shipping the waste. (The top page will make a clearer copy than the bottom page, so consider making a copy before the transporter leaves with the manifest.)
- Generators must purchase manifests from an U.S.EPA-approved printer. A list of approved printers may be found on the DTSC web site under Manifest Registry.
- Fields were added to the federal manifest that were not on the California manifest: Generator site address, 24-hour emergency phone #, space for 6 waste codes per line, import/export, discrepancy categories, rejected loads, and alternate facility.
- The federal manifest has space for load rejection information (cause, destination, and reference to a new manifest if one is used). In latter case the TSDF creates a new manifest and returns the load to the generator.
What are Hazardous Waste Report Management Method Codes (HWRMM Codes)?
Previously, California’s waste manifest instructions required the Destination Facilities use one of 10 handling codes to report how the waste was handled at that facility. The new manifest uses 28 Management Method Codes. These are the same codes used in Biennial Reports. Only Destination Facilities are allowed to add the HWRMM codes to the manifest. Generators and transporters do not add these codes.
A shipping paper, instead of a manifest, is acceptable for the transportation of hazardous wastes eligible under Consolidated Manifesting. See DTSC Fact Sheets on Consolidated Manifesting.
All records of hazardous waste transported offsite must be kept for at least 3 years. This includes manifest copies and/or shipping papers from used oil and parts washer’s used solvent transporters.