In the ever-evolving landscape of environmental regulations, staying informed and adapting to changes is crucial for businesses dealing with hazardous waste. One such change on the horizon is the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new user fees for the e-Manifest system, set to take effect from October 1, 2023. These changes will significantly impact the costs associated with tracking hazardous waste transportation, and businesses need to be prepared.
The e-Manifest system, introduced by the EPA, is a critical tool in the management of hazardous waste. It has revolutionized the way we track hazardous waste, moving from a cumbersome paper-based system to a streamlined electronic one. However, with this advancement comes a new fee structure that could potentially increase costs for some businesses.
But there’s good news. At Wastebits, we’ve been closely monitoring these changes and developing solutions to help our customers navigate this transition without breaking the bank. Our hybrid e-manifest integration is designed to help businesses take advantage of the benefits of electronic manifests while keeping costs down.
In this blog post, we’ll delve into the details of the new EPA e-Manifest fees for 2024 and 2025, explain what they mean for your business, and explore how Wastebits can help you save money during this transition.
EPA’s New e-Manifest Fees
Starting from October 1, 2023, the EPA will implement new user fees for fiscal years 2024 and 2025. These fees are determined based on the manifest usage and processing costs for each manifest type. Here’s a quick rundown of the new fees:
- Scanned Image Upload: $22.00 per manifest
- Data + Image Upload: $10.00 per manifest
- Electronic Manifest (Fully Electronic and Hybrid): $6.00 per manifest
These EPA e-Manifest fees will apply to manifests submitted for shipments initiated on or after October 1, 2023. For shipments initiated prior to this date, the FY 2022/2023 user fee will be charged.
|Mailed in Paper Manifest||$15.00||$25.00||N/A||N/A|
|Scanned Image Upload||$10.00||$20.00||$20.00||$22.00|
|Data + Image Upload||$6.50||$14.00||$13.00||$10.00|
(Fully Electronic & Hybrid)
How Wastebits Saves You Money
At Wastebits, we understand that these changes can be a financial burden for many businesses, and of course, reducing costs is always a priority. That’s why we’ve developed our hybrid e-manifest integration without our core Wastebits software. With this system, we allow more of our customers to drop to the new $6.00 tier for electronic manifests.
With the removal of the option to mail in paper manifests, our customers can utilize Wastebits services to drop immediately from the scanned image upload tier to the Data + Image upload with our team of e-Manifest specialists working hard to enter the information correctly, and cleaning up any errors in the manifests before submitting them to the EPA.
For those who are ready to adopt our software tools fully as a part of their business operations, they can now utilize hybrid e-manifest and pay the lowest fees required by the EPA. In either case, Wastebits saves money and improves data quality. Not only does it make financial sense, but our data analytics and reporting allow for simple exports of multiple types of waste data…all within a single platform.
What is an e-Manifest?
An e-Manifest is an electronic system used to track the transportation of hazardous waste. It was developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to replace the traditional paper-based system. The e-Manifest system is designed to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and transparency of the hazardous waste transportation process.
Before the introduction of the e-Manifest system, tracking hazardous waste involved a lot of paperwork. Each shipment required a paper manifest that followed the waste from its point of generation to its final disposal. This process was time-consuming, prone to errors, and lacked transparency.
The e-Manifest system changes all that. Now, all the information about a hazardous waste shipment is entered into a secure online system. This information can be accessed and updated in real time, providing a more accurate and up-to-date record of the waste’s journey. It also allows for quicker communication between all parties involved in the process, including the waste generator, transporter, and receiving facility.
The e-Manifest system is not only more efficient, but it’s also more environmentally friendly. By reducing the amount of paper used in the process, it helps to save trees and reduce waste.
However, transitioning to a fully electronic system can be a challenge for some businesses. That’s where Wastebits comes in. Our hybrid e-manifest integration allows businesses to transition at their own pace, providing the benefits of the e-Manifest system without the immediate need for drastic changes.
While the new EPA e-manifest fees for 2024 may seem daunting, Wastebits is here to help. Our hybrid e-manifest integration is designed to save you money and make the transition to electronic manifests as smooth as possible. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about how Wastebits can help your business, don’t hesitate to get in touch.