How to dispose of COVID-19 related waste

How to dispose of COVID-19 related waste

COVID-19 related waste needs to be disposed in a different way to other waste.

ODS are following advice and guidance provided by DEFRA and the Government.

Guidance for businesses and other establishments

If you have an individual in your establishment with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 and in self-isolation, their personal waste (e.g. used tissues and disposable cleaning cloths etc.) will need to be disposed of following a new procedure detailed below.

  1. All COVID-19 related waste needs to be kept separated from other waste
  2. This waste needs to be bagged twice and securely tied and sealed
  3. This waste must then be stored for at least 72 hours
  4. After 72 hours, COVID-19 related waste can be disposed of via your General Waste (green container) collections with the lid closed.

 

Guidance for businesses and other establishments

If there is an individual in your household with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 and in self-isolation, their personal waste (e.g. used tissues and disposable cleaning cloths etc.) will need to be disposed of following a new procedure detailed below.

  1. All COVID-19 related waste needs to be kept separated from other waste
  2. This waste needs to be bagged twice and securely tied and sealed
  3. This waste must then be stored for at least 72 hours
  4. After 72 hours, COVID-19 related waste can be disposed of via your Refuse collections (green bin) with the lid closed.

 

The principle behind this is that after 72 hours outside the body the virus is no longer viable.

Please ensure you are following Government guidance and that the lids of all waste containers are closed prior to your collection.

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