HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Department of
Environmental Protection and Pennsylvania Dental Association (PDA) have
updated the PDA's Waste Management Guidelines to give dentists and their staff
the information they need to recycle or safely dispose of commonly used dental
materials such as mercury and lead, and hazardous materials such as infectious
"Regulations for the handling of many of these waste materials can be very
complicated," said Nicholas A. DiPasquale, DEP Deputy Secretary of Air,
Recycling and Radiation Protection. "Finding information on how and where to
process and dispose of small amounts can be difficult. The manual provides
this information in a concise, easy-to-understand format, and promotes
responsible waste reduction procedures."
"DEP and PDA have been working for years to educate Pennsylvania dentists
about the proper handling and disposal of wastes generated during office
procedures," said PDA President Stephen J. Jaworski, DMD. "PDA recommends
reduction and recycling of wastes whenever possible, and these issues are
addressed in the Waste Management Guidelines manual."
The manual originally was published in 2001 with assistance from corporate
partners Safety-Kleen and Kodak. The manual lists hazardous chemicals commonly
found in dental offices, recommendations for proper processing and disposal
and contact information for waste handlers who will accept mercury, silver,
lead and infectious and hazardous wastes.
The updated manual includes a "Quick Reference" card with the latest
contact information and processing requirements for approved waste handlers
that recycle or dispose of these materials. The new manual will be sent to all
licensed dentists in Pennsylvania.
For more information on PDA, visit its Web site at www.padental.org.
For more information on waste management, visit DEP's Web site at
www.dep.state.pa.us, Keyword: "Waste Management."
CONTACT: Tom Rathbun, PA DEP, +1-717-787-1323; or Stephanie Glecos, PDA,
+1-717-234-5941, ext. 133.
SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection