Coronavirus (COVID-19): disposing of waste
How to dispose of your personal waste, including face coverings and personal protective equipment (PPE), during the coronavirus pandemic.
We're kindly asking residents without symptoms to help our waste and recycling crews by:
- washing and reusing cloth face coverings to prevent and reduce waste
- separating out recycling to reduce the residual waste within bins. Follow the Reduce, Reuse and Recycle model in your household
- carefully recycle items and ensure that recycling is not being contaminated by placing wrong materials into communal bins or kerbside boxes. Rinse plastics, tins and glass and check here to see what can be recycled before you place into the box or bin by visiting our recycling pages
- parking vehicles responsibly by considering the large waste and recycling fleet, enabling crews to access streets for collections
- utilising the Bulky Waste Collection Service for removing larger household items not suitable for waste and recycling collections. Space Waye Reuse and Recycling Centre reopened to the general public on Monday 18 May 2020 for essential use only. So, please consider whether you can store these items safely on your property until a later date.
If you need to throw away used face coverings or PPE, such as gloves:
- dispose of them in your ‘black bag’ waste bin at home or at work, or a litter bin if you’re outside
- do not put them in a recycling bin as they cannot be recycled
- take them home with you if there is no litter bin - do not drop them as litter
You do not need to:
- put them in an extra bag
- store them for a time before throwing them away
If you’re self-isolating
If you or a member of your household is self-isolating or have possible coronavirus symptoms, then please follow the stay at home guidance.
To dispose of any personal waste items (such as used tissues, cleaning cloths, face coverings and PPE) you or members of your household use when self- isolating, you should:
- double bag them
- store them for 72 hours before putting them in a ‘black bag’ waste bin
Do not put them in a recycling bin.
Other household waste can be disposed of as normal.