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
State-Only Dangerous Waste Transportation
Requirements tells you what to do to ship wastes that are regulated only
in the state of Washington.
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.
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.
§ 172.202 Description of hazardous material on shipping papers.
§ 172.203 Additional description requirements.
Marking of packages
Labeling for transport
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.