The Logistics of Transporting Waste: What You Need to Know to Protect Yourself, Part 3 – Documentation


The Logistics of Transporting Waste: What You Need to Know to Protect Yourself, Part 3 – Documentation

In July and August, our series, The Logistics of Transporting Waste: What You Need to Know to Protect Yourself, detailed many of the crucial considerations you should make when you’re looking for a dependable and, frankly, professional waste transporter. Part 1 covers two primary determinations in your search, and Part 2 addresses the actual trucks and drivers.  A third important consideration is proper documentation.

Remember, as far as the government’s concerned, you are the shipper and you’re ultimately responsible for what happens with your waste. So make sure you choose a waste carrier who’s got your back.

Transporting waste comes with its share of regulatory paperwork; one such document is the manifest bill of lading. Such documentation is a dual responsibility of the shipper (that’s you) and the transporter. Accurately completed forms contain detailed information about your company (the shipper) including:

  • Emergency contact name, phone numbers, and address
  • Proper DOT shipping name describing your material
  • Treatment/disposal facility information, including your waste profile number and contact information for the facility


Although a transporter might complete the above information for you, you are responsible for it the accuracy and content of the document. Your signature indicates your complete agreement with all document information.

Additionally, did you know that you, as the shipper, are responsible for all container labels and truck placards? A quality transporter will take care of this for you, but you need to verify the job is done and done right. Remember, all forms and labels must clearly identify all shipped waste materials. All of these steps help ensure proper handling of your material as a part of routine, daily operations and especially in emergencies.

Some transporters will accept “title to material,” which means they’ll take on the liability of transporting your waste. Not all transporters do this since it means the over-the-road liability in case of an accident or incident shifts from you to them, which costs them. Responsible carriers have special insurance to cover this liability. It’s in your best interests to select a waste transporter that’s covered all the bases.

At Environmental Remedies, we complete your manifests for your review and signature, label and placard shipments, and accept title to our customers’ waste materials in transit. And we carry the correct insurance to cover this liability. We’re confident in our people, our experience, and our expertise to provide outstanding waste transportation services for our customers.

To learn more about our waste transportation services, give us a call at 800-399-2783. Environmental Remedies is the go-to company for clean.