Waste guidance for confirmed or possible coronavirus infection and disposal of Lateral Flow Testing kits

Personal waste (such as used tissues) and disposable cleaning cloths can be stored securely within disposable rubbish bags. These bags should be placed into a second bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste in the house in which you are self-isolating. Keep aside for at least 72 hours before putting into your usual grey wheelie bin.

We recommend that people without wheelie bins who use authorised beige bags for their rubbish should place personal waste in a securely tied disposable rubbish bag (like a black bin bag) before placing in your beige sack.

Recycling, food and garden waste can be presented as normal. Latest waste and recycling updates

Disposal of Lateral Flow Testing Kits

To safely dispose of the test kit, place all of the items from the test and the plastic packaging into a bag and then place in your general waste bin. All items and plastic packaging from the test should go into your black kerbside bin for disposal. This applies whether the test result is positive or negative.

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

There may also be disposable gloves and/or disposable masks supplied in your kit or used in the testing process. These items are 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.

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