Dental Waste Recycling

The challenge as we see it

Most dental offices generate small quantities of hazardous, universal and solid waste in their day-to-day practices. Waste such as mercury, silver, lead, x-ray developer, medical waste, disinfectant chemicals, as well as general office waste needs to be managed correctly to protect health and the environment.

Our differentiated value

We provide an environmentally sound recycling approach for dental waste that meets all regulatory requirements and reduces generator liability and administrative burden.

We tailor recycling programs around your needs. By working with us, you can benefit from the following:

  • Five fully-permitted recycling facilities across North America
  • Two RCRA Part B permitted facilities
  • ​TSCA Permitted PCB (PCB Commercial Storer) permitted facility in Phoenix, AZ
  • ISO14001/OHSAS-18001 certifications in Phoenix, AZ
  • ​Solutions for large and small quantities of lamps, ballast and lighting components
  • Company-owned processing equipment, retort ovens and distillation equipment
  • Company-owned nationwide transportation and logistics capabilities
  • Audited and approved 3rd party transportation network
  • Audited and approved downstream processing vendors
  • ​Dedicated account and customer service representatives
  • ​Documented packaging guidelines
  • Customized reporting capabilities

Our solutions for dental waste recycling

Wide range of dental waste, including: Non-contact and contact amalgam; amalgam separators; vacuum pump filters; chair side traps; x-ray fixer and developer solution; X-ray head and equipment; lead foils, shields and aprons.

We make recycling dental waste easy, by offering customizable solutions that are straight-forward and compliant during every step of the process. 

  • Packaging & transportation: We’ll assist you with proper profiling, containers, and labeling in order to transport and dispose of any items containing mercury safely and legally to one of our five fully-permitted recycling facilities. We determine the best container size and composition for your needs and coordinate convenient pick-up intervals.

  • On-time pick up: When we promise a pick up, we adhere to that promise. Once arrangements are made, you can count on us to be there on time.

  • In-house processing: We own and operate retort ovens and distillation equipment capable of reclaiming mercury. We don’t just process the materials and then outsource mercury reclamation, we recover and work to prepare the mercury for resale or long-term storage. Our equipment is capable of handling a variety of items and we reclaim over 99% of mercury from mercury-containing wastes. With Veolia, you can trust that we have the capacity to meet your mercury recycling needs.

  • Working safe: Our trained technicians adhere to the latest regulations and practices to ensure strict measures of compliance are followed. We self audit on a regular basis and have established goals of obtaining OSHA VPP or ISO certification.

  • Documented compliance: Once received and recycled or disposed of properly, we'll issue a certificate, documenting your dental waste were received and managed in accordance with all regulations.

How and why, at a glance

The American Dental Association (ADA) strongly recommends recycling amalgam and dental waste as a best management practice for dental offices. The ADA urges that dental amalgam waste not be disposed of in the garbage, infectious waste “red bag” or a sharps container.

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