Advice if you are self-isolating
- are self-isolating because you’ve tested positive for coronavirus
- are awaiting a test as you have symptoms
- have been advised by NHS Test and Trace to self-isolate as you’ve been in close contact with someone who has the virus
You should follow the national government advice, which details what you should do with your rubbish:
- Personal waste (e.g. used tissues) and disposable cleaning cloths can be stored securely within disposable rubbish bags. These bags should be placed into another bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste within your own room. This should 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.
- The NHS has further advice for anyone who is self-isolating at home.
Disposal of face coverings and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
There is separate advice for healthcare settings, including care homes. For disposal of regular personal waste such as face coverings and gloves that you might have used on public transport or in a shop, please:
- dispose of them in the ‘black bag’ waste bin at home or at work, or a litter bin if outside
- do not put them in a recycling bin as they cannot be recycled through conventional recycling facilities
- take them home if there is no litter bin – do not drop them as litter. Top tip: Keep a plastic bag on you or in your car if you’re out and about.
You do not need to:
- put them in an extra bag
- store them for a time before throwing them away
You can wash and reuse cloth face coverings to prevent and reduce waste. Read guidance on how to make and wear a reusable cloth face covering.
A large amount of discarded personal waste has been collected by our street cleansing crews. Do not leave waste in the street, help keep our city clean and tidy. Find out more about our campaign to discourage littering in the city.
Read more on the government’s advice for what to do with coronavirus related waste.
Disposal of rapid lateral flow tests at home
Once a test has been completed in a household, it should be disposed of as follows:
- Place outer cardboard packaging and paper leaflets from the LFD test kits in the recycling bin.
- Place the LFD test in the small waste bag provided.
- Place both the small waste bag and kit in their residual (‘black bag’) waste bin.