Uniform Hazardous Waste Manifest

General description

The Hazardous Waste Manifest System is a set of forms, reports, and procedures designed to seamlessly track hazardous waste from the time it leaves the generator facility where it was produced, until it reaches the off-site waste management facility that will store, treat, or dispose of the hazardous waste. The system allows the waste generator to verify that its waste has been properly delivered, and that no waste has been lost or unaccounted for in the process.

The key component of this system is the Uniform Hazardous Waste Manifest which is a form prepared by all generators who transport, or offer for transport, hazardous waste for off-site treatment, recycling, storage, or disposal. Currently, the manifest is a paper document containing multiple copies of a single form. When completed, it contains information on the type and quantity of the waste being transported, instructions for handling the waste, and signature lines for all parties involved in the disposal process. The manifest is required by DNR, EPA and Department of Transportation. Each party that handles the waste signs the manifest and retains a copy for themselves. This ensures critical accountability in the transportation and disposal processes. 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 by the designated facility.  (source: US EPA)

Staff who sign Uniform Hazardous Waste Manifests must be hazmat employees in accordance with 49 CFR 172 Subpart H. See hazardous materials transportation. or DOT Interpretation

General regulatory citations

NR 662

NR 662 Subchapter B

NR 662.042 Exception reporting (LQG)

NR 662.191 Conditional manifest exemption (SQG)

 NR 662.193 (2) Exception reporting (SQG)

NR 662.220 (5)(f)         (VSQG - acute HW)

NR 662.220 (5)(g)         (VSQG - non- acute HW)



WIDNR Hazardous Waste Manifests: A Guide for Hazardous Waste Generators

State manifesting instructions


This publication was prepared for environmental, health and safety staff at University of Wisconsin System campuses, to assist in finding resources and information for regulatory compliance. It is not intended to render legal advice.
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