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Transport and Ship Dangerous Waste

Dangerous wastes must be safely transported.  Transportation is the link between the “cradle” and the “grave” of the dangerous waste “cradle to grave” system.  This system ensures that wastes are tracked from the time they are first created until they are properly treated, disposed, or recycled. 

Generators can transport their own waste if they notify Ecology that they are a transporter and comply with the dangerous-waste transporter rules. The rules include training and security, as well as special vehicle requirements. Most companies hire a contractor. If you are a small-quantity generator, you can transport your own waste without notifying Ecology.  Universal waste handlers can transport their own batteries, lamps, and mercury-containing equipment, if they comply with Universal Waste Transporter Rules.

State-Only Dangerous Waste Transportation Requirements tells you what to do to ship wastes that are regulated only in the state of Washington.

Related information

Find a hazardous waste service provider.

The FMCSA Safety and Fitness Electronic Records (SAFER) System allows searches for transporters.  It contains all safety and compliance records for each company.

United States Department of Transportation regulates transportation of hazardous waste and materials. The following links are at the Federal DOT:

Subpart C--Shipping Papers includes manifests

Appendix to Part 262—Uniform Hazardous Waste Manifest and Instructions (EPA Forms 8700–22 and 8700–22A and Their Instructions) This is a step-by-step guide to preparing a manifest.

Shipping descriptions:

§ 172.202   Description of hazardous material on shipping papers.
§ 172.203   Additional description requirements.    

Marking of packages

Labeling for transport

Placarding

Specifications for Packaging

Shippers General Requirements for Shipments and Packagings

Specifications for Tank Cars

Hazardous Materials Safety Office at the U.S. Department of Transportation is the safety authority for transporting hazardous and dangerous materials by air, rail, highway, and water.