Dental Waste Disposal Solutions

There are dental specific hazardous wastes that, if not disposed of properly, could cause harm to people and the environment.

Single and multi-chair practices

In addition to our other waste solutions we also offer a full range of specialised dental packages on a ‘by chair’ or ‘by practice’ basis. All of our dental practice solutions are available separately or as bundles.

Safe, reliable and compliant

We are fully compliant with all relevant legislation and provide a reliable and professional service.

Amalgam capsules, removed fillings and sludge

Because amalgam contains up to 50% toxic mercury and mercury compounds, non-compliant disposal of amalgam waste can lead to water, land and air contamination. We provide a range of specialist amalgam waste containers for the disposal of these items.

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Lead waste

The lead foils contained within dental x-ray film packets can be toxic and must be securely disposed of. Our lead foil container provides a safe and compliant solution for the disposal of lead wastes.

X-ray chemicals

X-ray dental fixer is a hazardous waste because of its high silver content. X-ray dental developer is less hazardous but it cannot be mixed with fixer solution. Our x-ray chemical containers provides a safe and compliant solution for disposing of these liquids.

Gypsum waste

Gypsum in dental moulds has a high sulphate content. Combining high sulphate content waste with biodegradable waste produces highly toxic and odorous hydrogen sulphide gas. Because of this, gypsum is banned from normal landfill. Infectious gypsum waste must be incinerated.

Non-infectious waste can be consigned for incineration or recovery.

Lead waste

The lead foils contained within dental x-ray film packets can be toxic and must be securely disposed of. Our lead foil container provides a safe and compliant solution for the disposal of lead wastes.

X-ray chemicals

X-ray dental fixer is a hazardous waste because of its high silver content. X-ray dental developer is less hazardous but it cannot be mixed with fixer solution. Our x-ray chemical containers provides a safe and compliant solution for disposing of these liquids.

Gypsum waste

Gypsum in dental moulds has a high sulphate content. Combining high sulphate content waste with biodegradable waste produces highly toxic and odorous hydrogen sulphide gas. Because of this, gypsum is banned from normal landfill. Infectious gypsum waste must be incinerated.

Non-infectious waste can be consigned for incineration or recovery.

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Compliant waste management is critical in the protection of people, the environment and our communities.

Poor waste management exposes employees, waste handlers and the community to infections, toxic effects and injuries. Such as air, water pollution, disease and needle stick injuries.

Failure to correctly segregate, store, transport and treat healthcare waste can result in pollution, prosecution, fines and bad publicity.

In England and Wales the mixing of waste streams is prohibited by law - the waste producer is legally required to correctly segregate, label, package and store their waste. In Scotland it is considered best practice.

The national colour-coded segregation system identifies and segregates waste on the basis of waste classification and suitability of treatment/disposal options.

When segregating waste you must consider both the appropriate waste stream (colour coding) and the appropriate packaging.

There are dental specific hazardous wastes that, if not disposed of properly, could cause harm to people and the environment.

Dental specific waste includes:

  • Amalgam capsules, removed fillings and sludge
  • Lead waste  
  • X-ray chemicals
  • Gypsum waste