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Electronic Manifests for Hazardous Waste Tracking

To help modernize the archaic paper method for hazardous waste tracking in the U.S., the agency developed a new electronic manifest form.

Transporting hazardous waste is something we take very seriously here at Red Bags. In addition to maintaining all necessary certifications for our staff, we’re also environmentally conscious and provide our customers with a budget-friendly option for maintaining peace of mind when it comes to hazardous waste disposal.

Everything we do from the moment we pick up hazardous waste at your facility, as it’s transported and when it is disposed of, is tracked by the EPA.

Their hazardous waste manifest system is a mechanism that ensures accountability for anyone who comes in contact with the hazardous waste.

In a move to help modernize the archaic paper method for hazardous waste tracking in the U.S., the agency developed a new electronic manifest form. A process it says eliminates paper waste, saves valuable time, resources, and helps the industry and states cut down on costs.

The new digital version of the e-manifest system was launched on June 30, 2018, however, the option to use the paper system is still permitted.

With less preparing and shipping of paper manifests, the EPA estimates saving between 300,000 and 700,000 hours – reducing spending by state and industry users by $75-$90M annually.

It starts out as a digital form with information about the type of waste, how much is being disposed of and how it should be handled. Once it leaves the generator’s hands, signatures for each party that handles the waste along the way is signed and a copy is saved for each party. Upon final destruction, the facility originating the waste receives a final electronic manifest confirming their hazardous waste was successfully processed.

Some digital manifests may also include additional instructions for management, coding, and signatures depending on state laws.

In addition to accountability and peace of mind, this type of digital system makes it easy to keep track of important data and get instant notifications for compliance purposes. 

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