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Waste disposal and recycling

Last Updated 4:30pm, 23 March 2021


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Recycling centres

Before visiting a centre please note the following points:

  • Residents showing COVID-19 symptoms or who are self-isolating should not visit recycling centres as per Public Health England guidance.
  • Visitors to the recycling centre re-sale shops are encouraged to wear face coverings

Waste disposal

Advice on disposal of waste if someone in your household has or is suspected of having coronavirus (COVID-19)

Personal waste (such as used tissues) and disposable cleaning cloths must be stored securely within disposable rubbish bags.

These bags must be placed into another bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste. This must be put aside for at least 72 hours before being put in your usual external household waste bin.

Other household waste can be disposed of as normal.

Please visit the official UK government COVID-19 page for information about safe cleaning practices.

For all information on kerbside recycling/disposal services please visit your district council website.

Disposing of waste from lateral flow testing at home

To safely dispose of the test kit, place all of the items from the test and the plastic packaging into the bag provided and then put this bag with your general waste into your black kerbside bin for disposal. This applies whether the test result is positive or negative.

Illustration of the methods of disposal for lateral flow testing kits. Text description provided below image.

None of the plastic items or plastic packaging should be put into the recycling bin. They are not recyclable in your kerbside recycling bin.

If there are disposable gloves and disposable masks in the kit these are also not recyclable and should be put in the general waste bin.

The outer cardboard packaging and paper leaflets from the test kits can be recycled in your kerbside recycling bin.