Environmental Best Management Practices
Guidelines for Dental Offices
About These Guidelines
The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation has prepared these environmental best
management practices (BMPs) guidelines to assist dental offices in complying with
environmental regulations for waste and wastewater. Dental offices which follow these
guidelines will be considered to be in compliance with all hazardous waste management and
wastewater discharge requirements for dental wastes. Most of these BMPs you are already
familiar with from The Environmentally Responsible Dental Office: A Guide to Proper Waste
Management in Dental Offices. (Northeast Natural Resource Center of the National Wildlife
Federation and the Vermont State Dental Society, June 1999).
Vermont and other states in the Northeast are implementing strategies to reduce mercury releases
from business and consumer activity. Following these BMPs will also help ensure that the dental
community is doing its part to reduce mercury use and release to the environment.
These Guidelines consists of:
1) BMPs that pertain to dental amalgam, X-ray, and chemical sterilant wastes and waste waters.
2) A biennial certification indicating that you are following the best management practices of
these Guidelines. You will be mailed a simple certification form every other year to be returned
to the Agency by July 1. The first certification will be due in 2003. (Note: Filing a certification
is not a requirement of regulation, but by doing so you will provide evidence of your good faith
effort to comply with environmental regulations and you will minimize the possibility of future
Please note that these Guidelines recommend that all sink traps which may have received
amalgam wastes in the past be cleaned no later than July 1, 2003 (and any mercury waste
collected for disposal or recycling).
These Guidelines may be amended in the future to include the installation, operation,