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Dental Waste Collection, Disposal and Recycling

Dental clinics and surgeries produce different types of hazardous waste from other healthcare providers. As well as the disposal of clinical waste, Initial Medical is the specialist in amalgam separation and disposal.

Dental practices across the UK trust Initial with their dental waste disposal based on our knowledge and understanding of this highly regulated industry. Initial Medical works with dental teams to provide practical solutions for the correct segregation, storage and disposal of their dental waste, in line with waste legislation. Our specialist product range makes dental waste management safe and efficient, with tailored servicing by our expertly trained technicians.

Initial can also collect and dispose of amalgamators, veloplex machines, collector cups and filters, Sirona motors and help with the removal of old dental pumps. Contact an Initial Medical expert today for your free quote.

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What are the classifications of dental waste?

  • Dental amalgam - Dental amalgam contains mercury as a bonding agent, which is toxic and therefore cannot be simply thrown away. Because of the tight restrictions surrounding the release of mercury into the environment under the Minamata Convention, at least 95% of dental amalgam waste must be retained for disposal using an Amalgam Separator.

  • Amalgam capsules - Amalgam capsules mix a silver alloy with mercury and therefore must be handled with care, wearing the appropriate PPE. Once used, amalgam capsules are treated as hazardous waste and must be disposed of into specialist dental waste containers.

  • Teeth - Unsurprisingly, a regular waste product produced in a dental practice is extracted teeth. Teeth which contain amalgam are considered hazardous waste and cannot be incinerated. Extracted amalgam-filled teeth must be disposed of into a separate tooth box.

  • X-ray fixer and developer solution - X-ray fixer is considered hazardous waste due to its high silver content and must also be separated from other dental waste types. Contact Initial Medical and speak to your local consultant about the fixer and developer containers we can provide to you and to arrange a collection service for this type of dental waste.  

  • Lead foil - Despite the existence of digital x-ray technologies for some time, x-ray machines that emit low levels of radiation are still in wide use. These machines require lead foil to shield dental staff and patients from the dangers of radiation. Lead is a highly toxic substance and, if ingested, can cause great harm to an individual. Contact Initial Medical and your local consultant will guide you on how to store this harmful substance and talk you through the service we provide to safely collect and dispose of your lead foil.

1. Contact

Contact us and a member of our expert Medical team will be in touch.

  • Trusted, local consultants
  • Enquiries are returned within 24 hours

2. Survey

We will visit your practice and carry out a comprehensive review of your waste management structure.

  • A free survey from a specialist Initial Medical consultant
  • A bespoke service schedule based on your needs
  • Full guidance on your waste legislation requirements

3. Installation

Our expert technicians will carry out a thorough installation service or provide the required containers if no installation is required.

  • An appointment scheduled at a time to suit you
  • Specialist guidance on how to use and manage your new containers
  • Minimal disruption to your healthcare practice

4. Service

Your local expert technician will service your waste based on your bespoke service agreement.

  • Hands-on support from your local Initial Medical consultant
  • Servicing tailored to suit your business's schedule
  • 24/7 access to service documents through myMedical
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