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Amalgam Waste and List of Recycling Vendors
Abstract: This report discusses regulations affecting dental amalgam waste and lists amalgam recyclers and vendors of amalgam wastewater separation technology.
Source: NC Division of Pollution Prevention and Environmental Assistance

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

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 Amalgam Mercury Recycling: Proper Management of Dental Mercury
Abstract: This fact sheet describes what steps dentists can take in order to properly manage dental mercury, both as a substance within the office and as waste.
Source: Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection

Dental Amalgam Use
Abstract: Estimates the amount of amalgam that the typical general dentist will handle per procedure and characterizes the resulting waste streams.
Source: Western Sustainability and Pollution Prevention Network

Dental Mercury Pollution Prevention Checklist [PDF]
Abstract: Use this checklist to identify areas of accomplishment and areas needing improvement in your dental office.

Dental Recycling Manual: A Guide for Dental Practitioners Drilling for a Greener Practice [PDF]
Abstract: This booklet provides disposal options for dentists within eastern Washington, for the following wastes: amalgam, lead foil packets, x-ray fixer and developer x-ray film, and elemental mercury.
Source: Hazardous Waste and Toxics Reduction Program

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

Dentistry and the Environment [PDF]
Abstract: This brochure is designed to assist dentists in recycling and reducing the wastes disposed of from their offices.
Source: Massachusetts Water Resources Authority

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 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

Vendor Information, Bethlehem Recycling Co.
Abstract: Vendor information on amalgam recycling program.
Source: Bethlehem Recycling Company

Vendor Information, Maximum Separation Systems
Abstract: The MAXIMUM Separation System is a dental amalgam separator that removes dental amalgam, thus removing mercury from dental wastewater before it is discharged into the public sewer system and the environment. A cost effective way for small and large dental offices and institutions to manage their amalgam waste is pollution reduction at the source with the use of the MAXIMUM Separation System.
Source: Maximum Separation Systems


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