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Cleaning Up Your Amalgam Properly

Cleaning Up Your Amalgam Properly
  • Fiona Collins
  • Oct 26, 2012

Did you know that approximately half of the total amount of mercury entering the water in public water treatment plants is estimated to be the result of waste from amalgam in dental offices? Some states already mandate the use of amalgam separators with dental units. Amalgam separators are designed to capture solids, including solid amalgam waste. This amalgam waste can then be safely disposed of in accordance with local regulations. Using an evacuation line cleaner that does not cause the release of mercury is important, as is using one that has a pH within State regulated levels for discharge to public water treatment works. Bottom line – using an appropriate evacuation line cleaner and using an amalgam separator helps preserve our environment.

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