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Frequently Asked Questions: Practice Waste Solutions

Practice Waste Solutions

Q: Some states say that storage of waste amalgam cannot exceed 1 year. Does that include my Amalgam Separator container?

A: Yes, Solmetex requires that you recycle your amalgam bucket annually.

Q: Can sharps go in my biohazard bucket?

A: Loose sharps are not permitted in the biohazard bucket. However, full sharps containers may be placed in the biohazard bucket.

Q: What kind of amalgam waste goes into the PWS Amalgam Buckets?

A: The PWS Amalgam Buckets are designed to handle contact and non-contact amalgam waste generated in dental practices. That includes vacuum trap filters, chair side traps, extracted teeth with amalgam, and spent amalgam capsules. Liquid mercury cannot be put in an amalgam bucket. If you have liquid mercury, and need help disposing of it, please call Solmetex directly at 800-216-5505.

Q: What kind of waste can be put into a scrap lead bucket?

A: Our lead bucket is designed to handle lead foil from x-ray films and autoclave indicators. We offer a separate product for recycling lead aprons. The Lead Apron Bucket (PWS-LB-A) is designed to hold 2 lead aprons. Lead aprons must be recycled separately from lead foils.

Q: How long can I store biohazard waste in my office?

A: Each state has its own storage limits for bio-hazard waste.