Metro Area Dental Practices Must Have Amalgam Separators Installed by Aug. 19

Krysia GabenskiFeatured News

Aug. 10, 2015

Denver metro area dental practices served by the Metro Wastewater Reclamation District (Metro District) must install amalgam separators by Aug. 19, 2015, to comply with new amalgam control requirements. (Click here to see the cities and sanitation districts affected.) Once an amalgam separator has been installed in your dental office, you will need to submit a certification form to let the Metro District know these requirements have been met. Best management practices (BMPs) for placement, removal and disposal of dental amalgam should have been implemented and reported to the Metro District via a certification form by Feb. 19, 2015. Exemptions from these requirements are available for dental offices that never place or remove amalgam or teeth containing amalgam.

For offices needing resources for amalgam separator installation, SolmeteX is the CDA’s endorsed amalgam separator distributor. As a member benefit, CDA members receive a free Hg5 collection container (a $189 value) and an Hg5 recycle kit (a $126 value) when they order an Hg5 amalgam separator system. To find a SolmeteX dealer, click here. As an additional benefit available to CDA members, SolmeteX has created a certificate login that contains training and inspection logs dental facilities can use with their amalgam separator operations and maintenance plans. Download the employee training log and visual inspection log, or visit

For complete rules and regulations regarding these new amalgam control requirements, click here.