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Learn about the regulation of hazardous waste transportation in Massachusetts, as well as the licensing criteria, reporting requirements, and fees that apply to transporters operating within the state.
Hazardous waste transporters are companies that move hazardous waste from one location to another by road, rail, water, or air. They transfer waste from points of generation to recycling, treatment, storage and disposal facilities.
Under state and federal law, a facility that generates hazardous waste bears "cradle-to-grave" responsibility for the waste's creation, handling, transport, treatment and ultimate fate.
For this reason, it is important to select a licensed transporter that has the competence and ability to move your wastes safely, as well as the expertise and insurance to respond effectively and protect you from liability should anything go wrong.
In Massachusetts, the Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) is responsible carefully reviews the qualifications of every company that applies for a license.
See the lists of currently licensed hazardous waste and precious metals transporters in Additional Resources below.
The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) carefully reviews the qualifications of every company that applies for a license to transport hazardous waste. Before being licensed, each applicant needs to:
Each license is issued for five years and must be renewed thereafter. Licensed transporters are authorized to transport all categories of hazardous waste. Some also handle non-hazardous wastes, universal wastes, and precious metals.
For "cradle-to-grave" tracking purposes, all Massachusetts waste generators and treatment facilities that initiate shipments of hazardous waste and/or waste oil must use the six-part National Manifest form required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The form needs to be completed and the various copies distributed according to the instructions. The appropriate waste codes, including those for wastes that are regulated by Massachusetts only (e.g. MA01 for waste oil), also need to be used.
A generator of hazardous waste and/or waste oil:
See Additional Resources below for more information about the National Manifest System and EPA-approved manifest form printers.
Please note that EPA will be moving the National Manifest Form to a new online platform in the near future. Learn more about eManifest.
All licensed hazardous waste transporters are required to submit Electronic Monthly Operating Reports (EMORs) to MassDEP no later than the last day of the following month. These reports need to include:
EMORs need to be uploaded via the eDEP Online Filing system. Follow the link below and see Additional Resources for instructions and reporting templates.
MassDEP-licensed hazardous waste transporters are required to pay two types of fees to the agency:
Both fees support MassDEP oil and hazardous material emergency response activities.