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Dental Clinics

Dental Clinics produce many different types of waste. Common sources are listed below, with links to detailed information about each topic. This list may not be inclusive of all waste generated at your facility. Each facility is responsible for evaluating and complying with all regulatory requirements for managing these wastes.

Dental Clinics may also be interested in environmental sustainability such as waste reduction and recycling, energy efficiency, green cleaning, and environmentally preferable purchasing. Resources are included on this page for your convenience.

Regulatory Waste Topics

Use these links to find out more about how to properly manage the following types of waste, which are commonly found in dental clinics:

Healthcare Hazardous (RCRA) Waste
Hazardous (RCRA) waste includes pharmaceuticals, laboratory chemicals, or sterilization and cleaning products.

Healthcare Universal Waste
Universal waste includes electronics, light bulbs, batteries, and appliances.


Healthcare Infectious (biohazard) Waste
Infectious waste includes sharps (needles), items saturated in blood or body fluids, and laboratory or pathological waste.

Dental Amalgam
Unique to the dental industry is the disposal of amalgam fillings. Visit this page for information on amalgam separators, recycling, and reduction of this waste.

HIPAA (confidential) Documents
All healthcare facilities produce some amount of private medical information, thus the need for a secure document destruction program.

Waste Training Toolkit
This free resource will help you train staff on proper waste disposal procedures. It comes complete with power point trainings, downloadable templates and more.

Healthcare Sustainability Resources

Energy Efficiency
There are many ways for facilities to increase energy efficiency - click here to find out how.

Environmentally Preferred Purchasing
Everything your facility buys has an environmental footprint. Discover ways to reduce this footprint and potentially save money, too.

Green Building Design
Learn how to reduce the environmental footprint of your building.

Infection Prevention, Disinfection, Sterilization and Green Cleaning
Does your facility have questions about infection prevention and green cleaning? If so, this resource is for you.

Waste Reduction and Recycling       
Does your facility have a desire to reduce waste, increase recycling, and be better stewards of your resources? This information can help.

Water Pollution and Conservation            
Water is a critical resource that we all have an obligation to preserve and protect. Find out how your facility can start conserving water.

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