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This program helps reduce the amount of mercury that Massachusetts dental practices and facilities release into the environment.
Dental practices and clinics release a significant amount of mercury into the environment when they dispose of waste from amalgam fillings in the trash or down the drain.
The Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) in 2005 implemented a voluntary program in cooperation with the Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS) to encourage early installation and use of amalgam separators by dentists.
In 2006, with input from MDS, individual dentists and other stakeholders, the agency issued regulations requiring most dental practices and facilities in Massachusetts to:
Follow the links in Additional Resources below to learn more about University of Massachusetts research that confirmed amalgam separator technologies are effective at removing most mercury from dental wastewater.
MassDEP requires Massachusetts dental practices or facilities that place or remove mercury amalgam fillings to:
See the regulations and best practices in Additional Resources below for more specific information.
The following amalgam separators have been tested using a protocol established by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Protocol 11143 and found to remove at least 98 percent of mercury from wastewater at specified volumes over time.
AB Dental Trends
211 Grover St.
Lynden, WA 98264
1295 Walt Whitman Road
Melville, NY 11747
American Dental Accessories, Inc.
7310 Oxford Street
Minneapolis, MN 55426
181 East Halsey Road
Parsippany, NJ 07054
METASYS Group (USA Agent)
Pure Water Development LLC
5001 S.W. 74th Court, Suit 206
Miami, FL 33155
Eco II/Eco II Tandem
Multi-System Type 1
R&D Services Inc.
Dr. Ross Fraker DDS
8116 Greenlake Drive N.
Seattle, WA 98103
The Amalgam Collector
P.O. Box 658
Edmonds, WA 98026
CatchHg 400 Series
CatchHg 1000 Series
50 Bearfoot Road, Suite 2
Northborough, MA 01532
NXT Hg 5
NXT Hg 5 Mini
NXT Hg 5 HV
Updated February 2018
To safely recycle dental amalgam waste that contains mercury:
The following companies accept dental amalgam waste for recycling.
The MassDEP Dental Amalgam/Mercury Recycling program applies to dental practices or facilities that place or remove mercury amalgam fillings. Typically, these are general dentistry and endodontics offices.
Offices that perform oral or maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics, or periodontics are generally not subject to these regulations unless they also place or remove mercury amalgam fillings.