Waste - Coronavirus

Coronavirus waste

For more information on COVID-19, visit www.watford.gov.uk/coronavirus


How to get rid of your waste if you are either self-isolating or confirmed to have coronavirus

Any individuals asked to self-isolate, either as a precaution or because they are confirmed to have coronavirus, should follow government advice about how to get rid of their household waste to ensure the virus is not spread via personal waste. Summarised below:

  1. Individuals should place all personal waste, such as used tissues and disposable cleaning cloths, securely in a plastic bag or bin liner.
  2. This plastic bag should then be placed in another plastic bag and securely tied.
  3. These bags must be stored separately to other waste for at least 72 hours before being placed in the general rubbish collection.

After 72 hours outside the body the virus is no longer viable and the double-bagged waste can be put in the general rubbish collection as normal. Only waste that is heavily contaminated, such as tissues that have been coughed into and disposable cleaning cloths, need to be treated in this way. Regular household recycling and waste should be treated as normal.

If storage for at least 72 hours is not appropriate, arrange for collection as a Category B infectious waste by calling Veolia on 0203 567 6900. They will supply you with orange clinical waste bags for you to place your bags into so the waste can be sent for appropriate treatment.

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