The Solmetex Hg5 offers a comprehensive, regulation-compliant approach to amalgam waste handling and recycling
Being No. 1 is not always an honor. That’s certainly the case when it comes to dental practices and mercury discharge. According to the EPA, dental practices discharge 5.1 tons of mercury into publicly owned treatment works (POTWs) each year, making them the top source of mercury discharge into sewage treatment plants. States and municipalities across the United States mandate that dental practices use amalgam separators, and most dental practitioners follow the ADA’s “Best Management Practices for Amalgam Waste.” But, as experts had predicted, a newly published federal mandate has taken effect.
The EPA, which recently ruled that dental offices must use amalgam separators, is seeking to reduce the annual discharge of mercury into POTWs by 5.1 tons, and will reduce the discharge of other metals found in dental amalgam waste by 5.3 tons.
Solmetex offers both the tools and the regulatory expertise to ensure that dental practices are compliant with all regulations. During this DPS product evaluation, Solmetex’s high-performance Hg5 Amalgam Separator received praise from many dental professionals for its ease of use, efficiency, and ease of complying with regulations.