Christmas in July? How a Cabbage Patch Doll is Like an Amalgam Separator

June 18, 2018

Christmas is on the same day every year. It’s not a surprise. Yet, year after year, the malls are overrun the week before, and people miss delivery deadlines online. These shoppers who are in a last-minute frantic rush often miss out on better deals on the items they purchase—that is, if the items are still in stock. The competition for the hot items can be fierce. These shoppers spend more money and waste more time—and ultimately don’t even always end up with what they want.

In the dental world, amalgam separators are the hot item, and “Christmas” in this case is July 14, 2020. That’s the federal EPA deadline for installing an amalgam separator in most practices, dental schools and clinics that discharge water into publicly owned treatment facilities.

Solmetex cautions that the same quandary facing those last-minute shoppers at the mall could also face those clinicians who wait too long to purchase their amalgam separator to remove amalgam from their wastewater. As the deadline approaches, pricing may go up for both a separator, as well as, the cost to install, while those who purchase now may benefit from more competitive pricing.

And, like the Cabbage Patch dolls in the 1980s ad and the Tickle Me Elmos in the 1990s, the supply of amalgam separators will also go down as practices across the country rush to purchase them in order o meet the requirement. This increase in demand can create a “black market” effect whereby supply is so low that purchasers find themselves looking for creative means to purchase their separator before the installation deadline.    Moreover, installers will most certainly raise their install rates from $150-$225/hr.  This is not unheard of, Solmetex has seen this happen in states that became regulated prior to the passing of the July 2017 regulation, installers charging up to a sky-high $2,000 flat-rate install fee.  How much are you willing to pay to get little Susie or Bobby to the latest GI Joe, Pet Rock or Silly Banz?  And conversely, how much do no you NOT want to pay for an amalgam separator installation.

This is a situation where it will pay off to be like those people who have their holiday gifts bought and wrapped by the end of summer: Solmetex can help you be compliant with the federal rule now, when you can easily secure a separator that meets the federal guideline. So save time, money and hassle—and accelerate how quickly you can be taking an important step for environmental protection.

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Jacqueline Durett

Dental Product Shopper