Goodbye paper and hello to the digital world!
On June 30, 2018, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is launching a new electronic manifest system for tracking hazardous waste called e-Manifest. The new process has been under development for several years and it was designed to modernize the cradle-to-crave waste tracking process for hazardous waste.
If you generate or receive hazardous waste, here’s what you need to know.
- The e-Manifest system will be effective in all states.
- The data elements on e-Manifest form are the same as the paper form; the only difference is completing an electronic form and signing it electronically.
- The e-Manifest form includes 5 copies now instead of 6.
- Page 1 (top copy): “Designated facility to EPA’s e-Manifest system;”
- Page 2: “Designated facility to generator;”
- Page 3: “Designated facility copy;”
- Page 4: “Transporter copy;” and,
- Page 5 (bottom copy): “Generator’s initial copy.”
- A hybrid manifest is available for those who cannot fully complete the process electronically.
- The hybrid manifest allows transporters to initiate an electronic manifest in e-Manifest and use this manifest with their non-participating generator customers
- Those who chose not to use the electronic system will be able to use paper manifests, but it will cost more (see chart below).
- The EPA will completely phase out paper submissions in 3 years. Fees are expected to rise for those who continue to use paper.
- E-Manifest fees must be paid within 30 days from the date of the electronic invoice.
Recommendations for adopting the new e-Manifest
- Participate in the EPA’s webinars and educational information sessions on the new system.
- Participate in e-Mainfest user testing.
- Contact Safex with any questions.
Here’s to embracing change!