Amalgam separators remove amalgam particles from the wastewater to reduce the amount of amalgam entering the sewage system. Amalgam separators are devices designed to capture amalgam particles from dental office wastewater through sedimentation, filtration, centrifugation, or a combination of these mechanisms.6
Some separators may also use ion exchange technology to remove mercury from wastewater.6
Whenever there is need for plumbing work or other activities that might dislodge amalgam waste adhering to the inside of the pipes, it is recommended that steps be taken to minimize potential health or environmental issues.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation on the use of amalgam separators
and was effective as of July 14, 2017, with the date for compliance being July 14, 2020.