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Coronavirus: People urged to dispose of PPE safely

Coronavirus: People urged to dispose of PPE safely

Published by Lisa Darvill at 1:36pm 15th June 2020.

As more of us use personal protective equipment, including disposable face masks, gloves and wipes and tissues, North Yorkshire County Council is reminding people how important it is to dispose of these items correctly.

  • Used face coverings, gloves, tissues and wipes can't be recycled 
  • They need to be thrown away in general waste 
  • They must not go in recycling bins 
  • You need to take extra precautions if you or anyone in your household has coronavirus symptoms 

Disposable, used face coverings, gloves, tissues and wipes cannot be recycled. The council says these should be disposed of in your general waste. Do not put these personal hygiene products in your recycling as they are not recyclable. 

North Yorkshire County Council has issued a video with advice: 

The council says if you or anybody in your household is experiencing symptoms of coronavirus – you should take extra precautions when disposing of any personal waste.

It should be stored securely in disposable rubbish bags. These should be placed into another bag, tied securely and kept outside for at least 72 hours before being put in the general rubbish bin, outside your house.

County Councillor Andrew Lee, Executive Member for Waste Management, said:

“More of us are using PPE, such as face coverings and disposable gloves, and for everyone’s protection we want to encourage residents of North Yorkshire to dispose of this properly after use. These items cannot be recycled and it’s important to put them into the general waste bins where they will be disposed of safely.”