Waste Management Guidelines

In order to assist in the proper handling and disposal of waste produced in the dental office, the Pennsylvania Dental Association (PDA) offers Waste Management Guidelines. This publication can assist dental office personnel in identifying the types of waste produced in the dental office and how to properly handle and dispose of such waste. 

PDA strongly encourages source reduction and recycling as preferred waste management practices; proper disposal is appropriate when recycling is not an option.  A list of waste handlers and the types of waste they accept can found as Appendix B within the guidelines. 

For assistance with proper disposal of amalgam waste, please refer to the Amalgam Waste Flow Chart and to the Amalgam Handling resources

For waste management questions, please contact PDA at (717) 234-5941 or send an email.