As of September, 2006, all hazardous waste generators and treatment, storage, and disposal facilities must use EPA's standardized hazardous waste manifest form.
Since 1980, the manifest form has provided a complete paper trail of a waste's progress from generation to disposal. It also identifies the type, amount, and toxicity of hazardous waste being shipped. The standardized form that is now being implemented will save waste handlers and regulators time and money, while guaranteeing the continued, safe management of hazardous waste.
The new form makes it easier to collect data for hazardous waste reporting. EPA has ensured uniformity by authorizing printers and providing them with precise specifications. Like the old form, each standardized form carries a unique preprinted manifest tracking number. The standardized form also allows multi-state waste handlers to register and use their own manifest forms everywhere they do business.