Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
Waste dental amalgam includes:
Waste dental amalgam is classified as hazardous/special waste. You must store, transport and dispose of this waste as hazardous/special waste to make sure you do not cause a risk to human health or the environment. You are committing an offence if you do not follow the regulations for dealing with hazardous/special waste.
You must not mix hazardous/special waste with your other waste or with other types of hazardous/special waste. Segregate your waste so that different wastes types do not get contaminated.
You must complete consignment notes for any hazardous/special waste that leaves your site. You must keep a register containing all of the consignment notes and the consignee returns. You must keep these records for three years.
You must ensure that your waste is stored, handled, recycled or disposed of safely and legally. You must comply with your waste responsibilities, known as your duty of care.
Dental amalgam must be treated using a mercury recovery process before final disposal.
If your practice uses amalgam, it must be fitted with an amalgam separator.
Amalgam separators remove particles of amalgam from waste water. The amalgam particles can then be collected and disposed of as hazardous/special waste. You must position separators to protect all routes by which amalgam may enter the drains.
Your amalgam separators must meet the requirements of the British Standard Dental equipment – amalgam separators (BS EN ISO 11143:2000). You can buy this British Standard online.
The Northern Ireland Environment Agency has published a short guide to the duty of care responsibilities including advice and information for waste producers, carriers and those accepting, storing and treating waste.
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