Access the decision tree to determine your course
The compliance date for the amalgam separator rule is July 14, 2020. This is the date by which existing sources subject to the rule must comply with the standards in this rule. The amalgam recycling rule is an implementation of the Clean Water Act and was in effect as of July 14, 2017. It is designed to reduce the discharge of amalgam waste from dental offices into the municipal sewage.
Most practicing dentists who discharge wastewater into a publicly owned treatment work (POTW), such as a municipal sewer system, must comply. Consider the following points which will in part help you choose between installing or claiming exemption:
- Does the practice currently have no separator?
- Are you building a new office?
- Is there a separator already installed?
- Is the practice exempt from installing?
For assistance on how your practice may need to comply, refer to the Amalgam Decision Tree.
Download the decision tree
Visit our Frequently Asked Questions for more information on the EPA Amalgam Recycling Rule.