Massachusetts dental practices and clinics that place or remove amalgam fittings are required to certify annually that they have, operate and maintain amalgam separator systems to remove mercury from their wastewater discharges.
All Massachusetts dental facilities with 2015 deadlines for submitting compliance certifications are being given an additional year to do so. These certifications are now due on June 15, 2016.
The program was intended to reduce the amount of mercury released into the environment by Massachusetts dental practices and facilities.
The Dental Amalgam/Mercury Recycling program applies to dental practices or facilities that place or remove mercury amalgam fillings.
How and when dental facilities must submit their dental amalgam/mercury recycling compliance certifications.
A secure site for submitting environmental permits, transmittals, certifications, and reports electronically to MassDEP.
These devices remove particles of mercury amalgam from wastewater before it is discharged to sewers.
All amalgam waste generated at dental practices and facilities must be sent to recyclers that reclaim mercury from the amalgam waste material.
Guidelines developed by the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority with assistance from the Massachusetts Dental Society and support from MassDEP.