The EPA rule on amalgam waste in dentistry, also known as Dental Effluent Guidelines, is now effective. Dental facilities that place or remove amalgam have until July 14th, 2020 to install an amalgam separator and dispose of their amalgam waste in a compliant way. Because of this, MERI Inc. has joined forces with medentex to provide dental offices with an EPA-compliant amalgam recycling program. Read more
Throughout the country, it’s been estimated that dentists handle about one to two pounds of amalgam each year, mainly in the form of old silver-colored fillings removed from teeth. In Wisconsin, amalgam waste cannot be flushed down the drain due to regulations from local municipal wastewater authorities. How do you dispose of amalgam compliantly yet cost-effectively?
Before we get into inexpensive ways to properly dispose amalgam, here is a recap of why it can’t go down the drain. Read more