Disposing of household waste that may have had contact with COVID-19

The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has provided information on how to safely dispose of household waste that may have had contact with COVID-19.

COVID-19 is spread from person to person most likely through:
• close contact with an infectious person
• contact with droplets from an infected person’s cough or sneeze; or
• touching objects or surfaces (like doorknobs or tables) contaminated by cough or sneeze droplets from a person with COVID-19 infection, and then touching your mouth or face.

Advice for householders:
Make sure you regularly wash your hands.
If you take your bin to the kerb, make sure you wash your hands before and after you bring it back in.
If you take a bin out on behalf of others make sure you wear gloves and dispose of them appropriately.

For those with Coronavirus (covid-19), put all of your usual items in your bin which goes out for kerbside collection. Wash your hands afterwards.
Put these disposable items into a sealed plastic or paper bag and place in your bin:
• tissues
• cleaning cloths
• masks
• gloves.
Now put the bag in general waste (not recycle or green waste) for kerbside collection.
Put paper, cardboard and other recyclables that have mixed with the above disposable items into general waste as well.
Wash your hands straight after handling disposable items or items that have become mixed with them.

To help waste collectors:
• Compact rubbish, if possible, before putting it in your kerbside general waste bin.
• Don’t compact waste that is already in the bin. It may become stuck and not empty properly.
• Don’t overfill waste or recycling kerbside bins or put them where they may easily tip over or spill.

This information can be viewed on the EPA website by clicking here

Click here to see the latest Coronavirus update for Victoria from the Victorian Government

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