Disposal of gloves and face masks
For those who use disposable gloves and face masks, the following advice has been given regarding disposal of such items –
- Throw away items in ‘black bag’ waste at home or at work, or in a public litter bin.
- Do not use a recycling bag or bin.
- Do not buy medical grade Personal Protection (PPE) masks or respirators. These are prioritised for healthcare workers in more high-risk environments. If too many are purchased by others, this may lead to further shortages.
- Anyone self-isolating at home with confirmed or suspected coronavirus should double-bag their personal waste materials, tie bags securely and store for at least 72 hours before putting out for collection.