Amalgam waste is found within the dental practice. The most common is the “chairside trap”. Other waste amalgam items include: leftover or spent amalgam, removed teeth with amalgam fillings, empty amalgam capsules, and vacuum trap containers located by the vacuum pump. All of these contain amalgam residue. Even if a dental practice claims to be amalgam free, composite only, they can still generate waste amalgam from removed teeth and from chairside and vacuum pump traps. Solmetex provides a UN/DOT approved storage and shipping container with prepaid return shipping and certificate of recycling for the generator.
Items that can be placed in amalgam buckets:
- Contact amalgam
- Non-contact amalgam
- Removed teeth with amalgam fillings
- Expended amalgam capsules
- Chairside traps
- Vacuum pump filters
Best Management Practices for Amalgam
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