10 Items That Should Be Included In A Certificate Of Destruction Template

Posted by author Richard Espinoza on Thu, Nov 09, 2017

Are you confident that your hazardous waste transportation company is adequately disposing of your hazardous waste streams?

If not, you should be.


Because according to federal regulations, the Resource and Recovery Act of 1976 (RCRA), hazardous waste generators maintain liability for their waste from “cradle to grave.”

This means that waste generators have “complete” responsibility for compliance with the RCRA regulations for the hazardous waste they generate from its initial generation, its transportation and to its final disposal.


Certificate of Destruction

certificate of destruction templateIn addition to RCRA required hazardous waste manifests, experienced hazardous waste transporters should be in the habit of providing generators with a certificate of destruction or disposal as it is sometimes called.

While not required by regulation, a certificate of destruction provides generators with a method of tracking their loads of hazardous waste to provide the confidence that they have been disposed of properly, and a knowledge of where the waste has been disposed of.

Shouldn’t the manifest handle all of that?

While it’s true that that information should be indicated on the manifest, there are times that unscrupulous transporters will say one thing to the generator and actually dispose of the waste somewhere else.

This could cause the generator severe legal problems.


What Should Be Included On A Certificate of Destruction?


When working with your hazardous waste transporter, here are items to look for on a certificate of destruction template.

The following 10 items should be included:

  • Who the certificate is issued to - Name of the generator
  • certificate of destruction facility - Name and address of treatment, storage and certificate of destruction facility that accepted the waste.
  • Work Order Number
  • Invoice Number
  • Date the items were received - Date items were received by transporter.
  • Description of the waste received
  • Legal statement concerning the certificate of destruction methods used - Here is an example of the language that should be used: (XYZ Hazardous Waste Transporter) certifies that the transport, storage, processing and certificate of destruction methods contracted by XYZ Transporter for the above named materials are in accordance with all Federal and State Regulations, DOT Regulations and all applicable State and Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC) Laws.
  • Accuracy Statement - This is an example: (XYZ Hazardous Waste Transporter) certifies that the information contained in or accompanying this document is true, accurate and complete.
  • Signature - Document should be signed and certified by an authorized transport company representative.
  • Date of the certification


An Example of a Certificate of Dstructioncertificate-of-destruction-template


The Stakes Are High


Ensuring that all federal and state regulations are being met should be the highest priority when managing your hazardous waste streams. Even if you need additional security precautions for certified product disposal, the certificate should be the bare minimum you should insist on.

Working with an experienced and properly licensed and insured hazardous waste certificate of destruction company will provide you with the comfort and assurance that the job is being done properly.


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