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Dental Waste Recycling Kit

Dental Waste Recycling Kit

On December 15, 2016, the EPA signed the final rule for the pretreatment standards to reduce discharges of mercury from dental offices into publicly owned treatment works (POTWs). Existing dental offices must comply within three years from the effective date while new dental offices must be compliant from the effective date of the rule. The EPA expects compliance with this rule will annually reduce the discharge of mercury to POTWs by 5.1 tons as well as 5.3 tons of other metals found in dental amalgam waste.

You can find out more information about the EPA ruling here.

With this information in mind, HNHS offers 2-gallon and 5-gallon Dental Waste Recycling Kits.

These kits allow for the following types of dental waste: dental amalgam, separator filters, traps, and lead foil. Wet amalgam waste must be placed in a separate ½ gallon inner pail.

If you are interested in obtaining Dental Waste Recycling Kits, please contact us.

Key facts about dental clinics and mercury:

  • Dental clinics are the main source of mercury discharges to POTWs.
  • EPA estimates about 103,000 dental offices use or remove amalgam in the United States; almost all of these send their wastewater to POTWs.
  • Dentists discharge approximately 5.1 tons of mercury each year to POTWs; most of this mercury is subsequently released to the environment.
  • Mercury cannot be placed in red bag waste.

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