PPE waste and handling waste with Coronavirus symptoms

PPE/medical waste

  • All medical waste and PPE (such as face masks and gloves) should be disposed of using your black bin, or a litter bin if outside. If there are no litter bins outside, take the waste home.
  • If you are suffering from Coronavirus symptoms, any medical waste and PPE should be bagged separately and left for 72 hours (three days) before going into your black bin.

Double bag black bin waste if suffering symptoms

If you're experiencing the Coronavirus symptoms please be very careful when disposing of your personal waste (including used tissues and disposable cleaning cloths/wipes) at home. The advice for disposal of this waste is as follows:

  1. It should be put in a plastic rubbish bag and tied when full
  2. The plastic bag should then be placed in a second bin bag and tied
  3. It should be kept separate from other waste in suitable secure place on your property for 72 hours before being placed in the black bin as normal
  4. Please wash your bin handles and lids with mild disinfectant before you put out for collection

The principle behind this method is that after 72 hours outside the body, the virus is no longer viable. This approach will help keep bin collection crews as safe as possible.

Other household rubbish and recycling should be treated as normal.

If you or anyone in your home is self-isolating or is confirmed as having Coronavirus, Cambridgeshire County Council are politely asking that you do not go to any of their Household Recycling Centres.

Dog bins and litter bins

  • With more people at home and going for walks if you can take your litter and dog poo home and put it in your black bin to help not to put pressure on street cleaning crews.

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