If the EPA’s recent amalgam ruling isn’t already on your radar, it soon will be. In an effort to reduce the amount of metals such as mercury that end up in municipal sewage treatment plants, most dental offices, clinics, and schools will be required to install amalgam separators as of July 2020. Read on to learn how you may be able to save money while properly complying with the new amalgam regulation.
1. Get an Early Start
We know what you are thinking: 2020? I have plenty of time to get my practice up to code. But that mentality may end up costing you. Being an early adopter and installing amalgam separators now isn’t just about keeping additional mercury out of the environment—it is also a financially savvy move.
In fact, certain states already had similar requirements in place before this new EPA regulation was passed. In these instances, dental practices that waited until the deadline to install amalgam separators were often charged a premium. Learn from their mistakes and begin shopping around for amalgam separators as soon as possible—why not start today?
2. Dodge Large and Unanticipated Overhead Costs
If your practice is like most dental offices, you are already operating at high overhead levels, so it will likely come as a shock to learn that many companies sell amalgam separator units for as much as $850. Want to keep that money in your pocket? (We’ll assume that you’re nodding yes.) Then go with DRNA.
At DRNA, we understand that overhead costs can be overwhelming. That’s why we provide the amalgam separator for free when a three- or five-year service agreement is signed*. Yes, free. As we like to say: While the EPA ruling makes installing an amalgam separator mandatory, paying for one is most definitely not.
3. Lock in on a Price
Think back to the last package of razor cartridges that you bought. Not cheap, right? Yes, the initial razor seemed like a bargain, but to keep using the product you need to shell out for the replacement blades. The same goes for amalgam separators, since you’ll need to continue to purchase replacement cartridges and/or pay for maintenance and recycling services in order to operate the technology. Unfortunately, it’s likely that the cost of these cartridges and services will go up over time, increasing overhead.
The best way to control overhead and likely save money is to find a company that offers a price guarantee, like DRNA does. DRNA allows dental practices to lock in your annual price with a three- or five-year service agreement, guaranteeing that you won’t have to deal with “surprise” costs down the road. Not only does this method likely save you money, but it also makes budget planning much easier considering that you know exactly what numbers you are working with. A zero-cost unit plus low annual fixed costs thanks to a locked-in service agreement? What’s not to love!
4. Avoid Costly Fines
Installing amalgam separators is only half the battle. Once the technology is in place in your practice, it is crucial to both maintain the devices and also properly recycle the collected waste. Failure to do so can result in a fine.
Even the most organized dental office may have trouble keeping up with maintenance. Consider this for example: If a device is not operating properly, dental practices have just 10 business days to repair or replace the equipment.
Thankfully, working with a waste management company like DRNA takes these tasks off of your hands completely. Not only does DRNA install and maintain the technology, but it also provides documentation and properly transports and recycles the amalgam waste.
Let’s be honest: You have more important things to worry about, such as your patients! Letting DRNA do the work to ensure that your practice is fully compliant with the new amalgam separator regulation will likely save you both money and stress.
*Free unit when you sign a 3- or 5-year service agreement at $500 a year for standard unit.