Regional San is working to reduce mercury discharges to the Sacramento River, and the dental community is part of the solution! Improperly disposed mercury can find its way into Sacramento waterways and the environment. In water, mercury can be converted to methylmercury, a more toxic pollutant. Methylmercury then accumulates in some fish making them potentially harmful for people to eat.
Dental offices have been identified as major mercury contributors to wastewater treatment plants nationwide. By following the EPA required and industry-approved BMPs, dental offices will do their part to help reduce mercury in our waterways and the environment.