Preventing Pollution From Dental Offices
Dental office vacuum lines, sinks, and toilets all lead to local sewer lines. Anything you pour down the drain goes to a wastewater treatment plant before being discharged to San Francisco Bay. Because these treatment facilities are not designed to remove metals like mercury and silver, wastewater treatment agencies seek your support to comply with regulatory permits and protect the Bay.
Find Your Sewer Agency
Because of mercury pollution issues in the San Francisco Bay, all Bay Area agencies, at a minimum, encourage amalgam Best Management Practices (BMPs) and installation of amalgam separators. Many agencies are moving toward mandatory use of amalgam BMPs and installation of amalgam separators. To find out if this is the case in your area, contact your sewer agency.
Waste Management Training
- Dental staff training brochure (Printer-friendly version)
- Sample training log to keep track of waste management training for each individual
Lists of Supplies, Equipment, and Waste Contractors
- Waste recyclers (including amalgam, mercury & sludge)
- Approved amalgam separators
- Request form for consideration to be added to approved separator list
- Considerations when purchasing amalgam separators
- Non-bleach vacuum line cleansers