Dental Offices

The City of Blackfoot has multiple dental offices. Each dental office must comply with newly passed dental discharge laws by the year 2020. These laws can be complied with by having an operational amalgam seperator with a 95% removal efficiency. These devices remove heavy metals, primarily mercury, from dental discharge waste. The removal of mercury is important since mercury is a potent neurotoxin that bioaccumulates in fish and shellfish. Once collected by the amalgam seperator, it is the responsibilty of the dental office to recycle the mercury waste. The dental office must also keep records pertaining to recycling amalgam waste for up to three years.