Types of Waste Containers for a Waste Manifest

Types of waste containers for a waste manifest

Whether you are filling out a Universal Hazardous Waste Manifest form or completing a digital waste manifest with Wastebits, you'll need to define the quantity of containers, and type of containers for the waste that you are shipping.

Waste Container Types

The EPA understands waste container types via a two-character abbreviation. Here's a cheat-sheet for the EPA-recognized abbreviation for waste types:

Abbreviation Description
BA Burlap, cloth, paper, or plastic bags
CF Fiber or plastic boxes, cartons, cases
CM Metal boxes, cartons, cases (including roll offs)
CW Wooden boxes, cartons, cases
CY Cylinders
DF Fiberboard or plastic drums, barrels, kegs
DM Metal drums, barrels, kegs
DT Dump truck
DW Wooden drums, barrels, kegs
HG Hopper or gondola cars
TC Tank cars
TP Portable tanks
TT Cargo tanks (tank trucks)


When filling out a waste manifest, enter the total quantity of waste in the designated boxes (or form fields within Wastebits). Round partial units to the nearest whole unit, and do not enter decimals or fractions. To the extent practical, report quantities using appropriate units of measure that will allow you to report quantities with precision. Waste quantities entered should be based on actual measurements or reasonably accurate estimates of actual quantities shipped. Container capacities are not acceptable to the EPA as estimates.