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NY State Dental Mercury and Amalgam Recycling Law
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See: managing dental mercury leaving NYCWasteLess at NY State Dept of Environmental Conservation

Law: Laws of NY State leaving NYCWasteLess (Search for Environmental Conservation Law (ENV), Article 27, Title 9, Section 27-0926: Use and recycling of elemental mercury and dental amalgam by dentists.)

Regulations: NY Codes, Rules and Regulations leaving NYCWasteLess (Search for Title 6, Chapter IV, Part 374-4: Standards For The Management Of Elemental Mercury and Dental Amalgam Wastes At Dental Facilities) Regulations also posted at NYS Dept of Environmental Conservation leaving NYCWasteLess

Summary: The NY Dental Mercury & Amalgam Recycling Law, enacted as Chapter 506 of the Laws of 2002 leaving NYCWasteLess, requires dentists to recycle elemental mercury, including any pre-encapsulated mercury capsule waste, and dental amalgam waste generated in their dental practices. The law requires the installation of certified mercury amalgam separation and collection equipment, and prohibits the use of non-encapsulated elemental mercury in dental offices. It is prohibited to discard of dental mercury as municipal solid waste, regulated medical waste, or be flushed down the drain.

The regulations specify record keeping requirements to show proof of mercury recycling. Dental mercury waste must be stored in air-tight containers for no longer than one year at dental facilities before recycling.

ALSO SEE:
ny state hazardous waste management regulations
ny state mercury-added consumer product law

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