COVID-19 precautions when disposing of household waste

In households where someone has a confirmed or suspected case (who are self isolating) of COVID-19, your used tissues and disposable cloths from cleaning surfaces should:

  1. Be put in a plastic rubbish bag and tied when full.
  2. The plastic bag should then be placed in a second bin bag and tied.
  3. It should be put in a suitable and secure place and store the waste for 72 hours before putting it out for collection.

This is to minimise the risk to collection operatives of being in contact with any waste that may infect them or exposing the atmosphere during the collections process.

Further information on national COVID-19 guidance


Page last reviewed: 04 June 2021