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Alphabetical Listing of Reference Documents by Title
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Amalgam Waste Management - Issues and Answers [PDF]
Abstract: Written by dentists who participated in a voluntary effort by the Duluth, MN POTW to reduce mercury in wastewater.
Source: James F. Westman, DDS and Timothy Tuominen
Canada-Wide Standards: A Pollution Prevention Program for Dental Amalgam Waste [PDF]
Abstract: Explains relationship between dental amalgam waste and the environment. Also describes new pollution prevention initiative intended to ensure that the dental community becomes a part of the solution.
Source: National Office of Pollution Prevention, Environment Canada
City of Boulder Best Management Practices for Dental Waste [PDF]
Abstract: This brochure provides the dental community with guidelines on choosing environmentally friendly products, recycling metal-bearing wastes, and correctly disposing of waste materials.
Source: City of Boulder’s Industrial Pretreatment Program
Dental Mercury Pollution Prevention Checklist [PDF]
Abstract: Use this checklist to identify areas of accomplishment and areas needing improvement in your dental office.
Dental Office Waste Stream Characterization Study for Metro Seattle [PDF]
Abstract: Metro Seattle has characterized the wastewater from dental offices and suggested plans for minimizing mercury.
Source: Municipality of Metropolitan Seattle
Dental Waste Management - NC DEHNR
Abstract: This factsheet presents guidance on the environmental impacts, waste reduction techniques, and regulations for most wastes produced in the practice of dentistry.
Source: North Carolina Division of Pollution Prevention and Environmental Assistance
Four Steps to Compliance
Abstract: Tips for dental facilities to comply with regulations.
Source: City of Palo Alto
How to Prevent Pollution From Your Dental Practice: A Guide for Dentists - IDEM [PDF]
Abstract: Contains a comparison of restorative material alternatives and a dental waste disposal checklist.
Source: Indiana Department of Environmental Management
Lowell Center for Sustainable Hospitals - Best Management Practices for Dental Amalgam and Mercury
Abstract: Describes how mercury from amalgams may enter the environment and discusses storage, trap and filter handling, plumbing repairs, and recycling options.
Source: Sustainable Hospitals/Lowell Centre for Sustainable Production
Mercury Emissions Generated in Dental Establishments [PDF]
Abstract: Federal Ministry of the Environment, Germany developed this report for establishing the amount of mercury in wastewater and also a comprehensive waste management plan.
Source: Federal Ministry of the Environment, Germany
Mercury in the Environment: Coming From Your Business [PDF]
Abstract: Pollution prevention for dental waste by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
Source: Kansas Department of Health and Environment
Mercury Reduction in Florida's Medical Facilities: Improving the Management of Mercury-Bearing Medical Wastes
Abstract: Chapter 6 deals with management of mercury in dental practices.
Source: Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Mercury Source Identification Update: Dental Offices and Human Waste [PDF]
Abstract: This technical memorandum updates the Mercury Source Identification prepared for the Palo Alto Regional Water Quality Control Plant (RWQCP) in August 1997 to better estimate the load attributable to mercury discharges from dental offices. It also revises the methodology for considering human waste from service area employees and residents, and estimates the portion of the mercury in human waste attributable to mercury amalgam fillings. Then it briefly reviews recent studies of dental discharges published by other organizations.
Source: Palo Alto Regional Water Quality Control Plant
Mercury Use: Dentists [PDF]
Abstract: Comprehensive study of the use of mercury in dental offices including amalgam, lamps, switches, etc. Includes information about mercury's human and environmental toxicity.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
MnTAP Fact Sheet: Managing Waste Generated by Dental Clinics
Abstract: This factsheet describes the sources of disposal options for hazardous wastes generated by dental clinics. Also includes a list of amalgam recyclers.
Source: Minnesota Technical Assistance Program
Pollution Prevention Guidelines for Dental Offices
Abstract: P2 and best management guidelines for mercury, silver, lead foil, and organic solvents at dental offices.
Source: City of Albuquerque Public Works Department
Recycling Amalgam Waste and Other Best Management Practices for Your Dental Office [PDF]
Abstract: Describes types of amalgam waste, recycling options, and best management practices.
Source: Western Lake Superior Sanitary District
Royal Dental College of Denmark: Dental Amalgam- Environmental Aspects [PDF]
Abstract: Denmark study discussing different aspects of environmental contamination from dental amalgam.
Source: Advances in Dental Research
The Concern Over Mercury and Wastewater
Abstract: Article written by two staff members of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department describing their Mercury Minimization Program.
Source: Journal of the Michigan Dental Association
The Environmentally Responsible Dental Office: A Guide to Proper Waste Management in Dental Offices
Abstract: Written for dentists, dental assistants, and office staff. Contains simple ideas for preventing the release of mercury and other potentially harmful contaminants to streams, lakes and rivers.
Source: National Wildlife Federation and The Vermont State Dental Society
The Environmentally Responsible Dental Office: The Oregon Dentists' Guide to Best Management Practices of Dental Waste [PDF]
Abstract: This guide has been developed to assist dentists in how to best manage their dental waste, includes a list of amalgam recyclers.
Source: Oregon Dental Association
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