26 Dec Are You Ready for e-Manifests?
There are many emerging trends in sustainability but one of the simplest to tackle is digitalization. Digitalization simply requires that records are kept digitally rather than physically. And while this has been going on within private institutions for some time, the EPA is finally trying to catch up.
In 2012 President Obama signed into law the Hazardous Waste Electronic Manifest Establishment Act, mandating that by 2015, the EPA must come up with a systematic plan to move from paper-based to digital documents for all of its records. This national system is referred to as “e-Manifest” and extends to both RCRA and non-regulated wastes requiring manifests. ECOFLO intends to launch our proprietary system of electronic tracking of waste, including e-Manifests within the next 12 months.
The e-Manifest will allow waste generators the more convenient and cost-effective option of completing manifests online, as well as the ability to facilitate the tracking of shipments and provide confirmations that shipments have been received. It will also help to dramatically lessen the inefficiencies of physical records by centralizing the data electronically.
To get ready for e-Manifest, you can either check the e-Manifest website regularly or join e-Manifest ListServ. The e-Manifest ListServ is an open forum for news, information, and discussion relating to the e-Manifest program. You can subscribe by sending a blank e-mail to: eManifestfirstname.lastname@example.org.
You can read more about the EPA’s Hazardous Waste Electronic Manifest Establishment Act at: http://www.epa.gov/osw/hazard/transportation/manifest/e-man.htm
(Article originally appeared here written by Jessica Hope)