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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

Best Management Practices for Dental Offices in New Hampshire
Abstract: Best Management Practices guide examines hazardous wastes in the dental office, recommended dental office wastes and handling procedures, and other various wastes.
Source: New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services Pollution Prevention Program

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

Development, Evaluation and Implementation of a Testing Protocol for Evaluation of Technologies for Removal of Mercury from Dental Facilities: Part I – Field Studies and Protocol Evaluation [PDF]
Abstract: This study evaluates the use of amalgam separators in dental facility’s waste disposal system and best management practices (BMPs) to reduce the release of mercury in the effluent from such facilities.
Source: Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs

Environmental Regulations & Best Management Practices: Dental Operations [PDF]
Abstract: Provides a guide to environmental regulations that apply to dental operations within the Regional District and information on best management practices and services that will assist operations in meeting or exceeding these regulations.
Source: Capital Regional District

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

Laboratory Evaluation of Amalgam Separators
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the amalgam removal efficiency of commercially available amalgam separators and the total mercury concentration in the effluent from laboratory testing. The authors evaluated the amalgam removal efficiency of 12 amalgam separators according to International Organization for Standardization, or ISO, Standard 11143 for Amalgam Separators.
Source: Naval Institute For Dental and Biomedical Research

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

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

Recycling of Elemental Mercury and Dental Amalgam by Dentists
Abstract: This website focuses on the initial law in New York State and new regulations. It also provides Q&A information and describes Best Management Practices.
Source: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Set a Shining Example: Don't Flush Mercury Down the Drain! [PDF]
Abstract: Poster lists best management practices for dental offices.
Source: Palo Alto Regional Water Quality Control Plant

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

Vendor Information, AB Dental Trends
Abstract: This site describes and gives purchasing information for AB Dental Trends' amalgam separation systems.
Source: AB Dental Trends


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