COVID-19: Waste Disposal Guidance

This is our current position on the precautions customers should take before presenting waste to be collected from industrial and commercial premises. Separate procedures are in place for collection of waste from private residential properties. We will update this in line with any future guidance that is issued by HM Government.

1. Waste from possible cases and cleaning of areas where possible cases have been (including disposable cloths and tissues):

  1. 1.1.  Should be put in a plastic rubbish bag and tied when full.
  2. 1.2.  The plastic bag should then be placed in a second bin bag and tied.
  3. 1.3.  It should be put in a suitable and secure place and marked for storage
  4. 1.4.  Waste should be stored safely and kept away from children. You should not put your waste in communal waste areas until negative test results are known or the waste has been stored for at least 72 hours.
  5. 1.5.  After a minimum of 72 hours place the waste in your normal waste container.

2. If tests are undertaken on the individual(s) store the waste until the result are known.

  1. 2.1.  If the individual tests negative, this can be put in with the normal waste.
  2. 2.2.  If the individual tests positive, arrange for collection as a Category B infectious waste either by

    your local waste collection authority if they currently collect your waste or otherwise by a specialist clinical waste contractor. They will supply you with orange clinical waste bags for you to place your bags into so the waste can be sent for appropriate treatment.

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