We provide the specialist waste solutions that ensure your dental practice waste is handled compliantly and efficiently to help protect your business, community and patients. Discover our dental waste disposal services.
There are strict compliance requirements around hazardous and non-hazardous healthcare waste. It must be correctly segregated, appropriately labelled and packaged for transport, stored safely in a secure place and described accurately on all documentation. But we know that you didn’t choose a career in medicine to focus on the complexities of waste management - that’s our passion!
When you choose Stericycle, you are selecting a partner with the resources to work with and stand by you when things are easy and when they are hard so you can focus on what matters most – the health and well-being of the patients in your care and the safety of your employees.
Segregate and store each type of specialist waste separately from your general waste.
Either on an agreed regular schedule or you can contact us for additional or ad-hoc collections.
All your waste is compliantly and securely processed, giving you peace of mind.
Dental amalgam waste is a type of hazardous waste which contains up to 50% mercury and mercury compounds, these are extremely toxic and pose a threat to both humans and the environment.
Amalgam waste works on the basis of Cumulative Effect – i.e. the greater the exposure, the greater the effect. The only safe waste disposal options are collection and disposal by a compliant dental waste service provider. Stericycle’s amalgam waste disposal solutions consist of the collection, transportation and disposal of amalgam waste, in accordance with UK regulations and guidelines.
With Stericycle’s help, dental practices are able to meet their legal obligations and ensure that any amalgam waste is disposed of compliantly giving you time to focus on patient care.
Amalgam waste disposal must be arranged through a specialist waste provider. This type of waste must be collected in an amalgam waste container placed within your surgery. Your provider will then arrange a collection schedule with you based on the volume of waste you produce. Once your waste is collected your waste provider will compliantly dispose of the amalgam.
As amalgam waste is made from a mixture of metals including mercury, which in a liquid form can be extremely harmful if absorbed through the skin, this makes this type of waste hazardous. Dental waste disposal is something which much be arranged by every dental practice to ensure their amalgam is disposed of compliantly without causing harm to people or the environment.
Dental gypsum waste has a high sulphate content. Combining high sulphate content waste with biodegradable waste produces highly toxic and odorous hydrogen sulphide gas. Due to this, dental gypsum waste is banned from normal landfill and must be disposed of in a way suitable for high sulphide waste.
You must arrange for a dental waste disposal expert, such as Stericycle, to collect and dispose of your dental gypsum waste compliantly giving you complete peace of mind.
Dental amalgam waste is classified as hazardous waste and not healthcare waste, this includes any form of amalgam or any materials which have been contaminated with amalgam. Dental waste which contains amalgam must be collected as hazardous waste and not healthcare waste, it is then taken to a licensed waste management facility where it is treated compliantly.
Special waste is the different types of hazardous waste that are specific to the dental sector which, if not disposed of through compliant dental waste management, could cause harm to people and the environment.
Examples of dental specific waste include:
HTM 07-01 is in place to give guidance to producers of healthcare waste on how to manage their waste in a safe, compliant and environmentally responsible way.
All dental waste must be managed by a compliant provider who will ensure you waste will be dealt with in the correct manner.