All Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) must be disposed of in your black wheeled bin.
If you have been using face masks and gloves in the current Coronavirus situation please be aware that they should not be put into your recycling.
Put PPE in your black bin
All used PPE (such as face masks and gloves) should go into your black wheeled bins. Do not place them into recycling sacks as this will contaminate them and will result in them not being collected.
Face masks are made of composite materials and plastic gloves cannot be recycled. Also much of this could be contaminated, so it is dangerous to manual staff as it cannot always be handled by mechanical means.
If you’re self-isolating
If you’re self-isolating due to suspected or confirmed Coronavirus, please take the following steps:
- Place all contaminated waste (such as tissues) in a bag and seal securely
- Place this bag in another bag and tie securely
- Store the bag away from other waste and recycling for 3 days and then place in your general waste as normal
Dispose of PPE in your black bin
Cllr Nigel Avey, Cabinet Member for Environmental and Technical Services said:
It is important for residents to take care in placing any PPE they are disposing of it the right waste container.
Not only could it be a hazard for our refuse collectors if the items are placed in the wrong bin or bag, but could also mean the waste is not collected.
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