Quite simply, an amalgam separator is a mercury collection device that sits ‘inline’ between the operatory and vacuum pump—typically in the equipment room. Dental waste water flows through the vacuum line and passes through the amalgam separator where teeth fragments, dental amalgam and mercury are separated and collected. The filtered water continues to flow through while heavy waste and sediment is stored. When the container reaches the full line or 12 months (whichever comes first), we ship you a new container and you ship the full one for proper recycling. Plain and simple.
According to the EPA, dental practices discharge 3.7 tons of mercury to Publicly-Owned Treatment Works facilities each year and dental practices are the number one contributor, which can ultimately contaminate the water supply. As of July 14, 2017, a federal mandate was passed that requires certain dental offices to install an ISO 11143 certified amalgam separator to remove mercury from the waste water.
High levels of mercury in humans have been linked to diseases and ailments such as Alzheimer’s, ALS, hearing loss, chronic fatigue, reproductive issues and additional mercury-related diseases.
If it’s time for a new collection container, why not get a whole new system and restart a new 2 year warranty!