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Tools to keep dental mercury out of wastewater

The District provides a variety of dental clinic training and resources on responsible amalgam management that area dental clinics can use to help minimize mercury pollution. The District also requires area clinics to report their amalgam-related activities annually.

Dental clinic staff training resources

These resources help dental clinic staff learn about amalgam management requirements and practices to minimize pollution. The presentations are intended for those involved in handling and disposing of amalgam waste; they can be an introduction for staff new to amalgam management or a refresher for staff already experienced in working with amalgam.

Mercury, amalgam and wastewater
Background on mercury pollution and why the District regulates amalgam waste.

Amalgam requirements for dental clinics
Overview of local and federal amalgam management requirements and descriptions of each required best management practice.

Reporting requirements, tools and other resources
Summary of EPA and District amalgam reporting requirements, an overview of the District’s annual certification process and other recommended pollution prevention practices for dental clinics.

Dental clinic Amalgam Management Posters

To help minimize mercury-containing amalgam discharges to the sewer system, Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District created posters as a quick reference for dental clinic staff when disposing of amalgam waste and inspecting amalgam separators.

Managing amalgam waste in the clinic identifies types of amalgam waste and how to properly collect and dispose of this waste. Display this poster in an area where amalgam waste is stored, such as a storeroom.

Inspecting your amalgam separator includes steps to follow when visually checking your Solmetex-brand separator to ensure it’s functioning properly. Display this poster near your separator

Certification forms

Annual online amalgam certification form

Dental clinics within the District’s service area must complete this form each year to certify that they are managing amalgam waste according to local requirements. The District uses an online form and emails each clinic the information needed to access this form in October of each year. If your clinic does not receive an email with this information or you need assistance with the form, contact our Pollution Prevention team.

Resources for annual certification form completion

Online amalgam certification video demonstration
A video tutorial on completing the District’s annual online amalgam certification form.

Online amalgam certification instruction guide
A written guide for accessing and completing the annual amalgam certification form.

EPA compliance forms

The EPA also requires information from all clinics that discharge amalgam waste into sewer systems. Under the EPA dental effluent rule, clinics are required to send a one-time compliance report to their local control authority.

Additional resources