Dentists are encouraged to use Best Management Practices to help reduce the effects of amalgam waste on the environment. For this, the American Dental Association (ADA) offers important tips for managing and recycling dental amalgam waste in an effort to help protect the environment.
- Stock amalgam capsules in a variety of sizes to minimize the amounts of amalgam waste generated.
- Wear protective equipment such as utility gloves, masks and protective eye wear when handling it.
- Contact an amalgam waste recycler about any special requirements that may exist in your area when collecting, storing and transporting amalgam.
- Store amalgam waste in a covered plastic container labeled “Amalgam for Recycling” or as directed by waste recycler.
- Look for recyclers who comply with ADA-ANSI standard. This standard is meant to encourage recycling.
To help with selecting a reputable recycling provider, the ADA provides a list of questions to ask your almagam recycler, such as LB Medwaste.
Please note: Your company may be at risk of financial penalties, criminal prosecution and long-term liability if products that contain mercury are not treated and recycled properly.
Call LB Medwaste Services at 888.526.3392 for more information on this cost-effective service.