Generators of hazardous waste are ultimately responsible for hazardous waste generated at their facility from "cradle to grave". In other words, generators are responsible for hazardous waste generated at their facility from the time it is generated, through the time it is in shipment, until it is properly disposed. The Uniform Hazardous Waste Manifest is essentially a tool for generators, regulators, transporters, and treatment, storage and disposal facilities to track the movement of hazardous waste from the point of generation to any intermediate points and the ultimate point of disposition.
Example of the federal manifest form (EPA Form 8700-22 (Rev. 3-05))
Subchapter 7 of the VHWMR pertains to manifests reporting and recordkeeping requirements.
Vermont Specific Manifest Codes:
Copies of the manifests shall be distributed as required per the manifest instructions. It is the generator's responsibility to ensure the State of Vermont receives the "designated facility to generator State" and/or "designated facility to destination State" copies. The State of Vermont does not require additional copies of the initial manifest be sent when it leaves the point of generation. If a generator does not receive a signed copy of the manifest from the designated facility within 35 days of the date the waste was shipped by the initial transporter, he/she is required to contact the transporter and/or designated facility to determine the status of the hazardous waste.
If a generator does not receive a signed copy of the manifest from the designated facility within 45 days of the date the waste was shipped by the initial transporter, then an Exception Report must be submitted to the Secretary. The Exception Report shall include: (1) a legible copy of the missing manifest for the waste and (2) a cover letter signed by the generator or his or her authorized representative explaining the efforts taken to locate the waste and results of those efforts.
Generators can verify that the Waste Management and Prevention Division has received a manifest from the designated facility by using the Environmental Research Tool. We recommend that generators check manifests quarterly, starting with the previous quarter (as the current quarter's manifest may not be fully entered).