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Advice on disposing of face coverings

disposable masks


With residents now required to wear face coverings in shops, supermarkets and when using public transport, it is important that you understand how to dispose of your face coverings correctly during the coronavirus pandemic in order to maintain public safety.

We recommend the use of reusable face masks as these can be washed, and then reused to prevent and reduce waste. See guidance on how to make your own reusable face covering.

If you use disposable face coverings, they should be thrown away after each use, or as soon as they are damp.

If you need to dispose of your face covering, and no one in your household is self-isolating or showing symptoms of the coronavirus, please follow the following guidance:

    • Place them in your black bin if at home, or a litter bin if you are outside.


    • You do not need to put them in an extra bag, and you do not need to store them for a time before throwing them away.


    • Do not put them in a recycling bin as they cannot be recycled in your blue or brown bins.

If you or a member of your household is showing symptoms and self-isolating, you should continue to use your black bin collection service as normal, with the following important exceptions:

    • Store your personal waste including used face coverings, tissues and disposable cleaning cloths securely within disposable rubbish bags.


    • Place each bag into another bag, tie them securely and keep separate from other waste.


    • These bags should be put aside for at least 72 hours before being put in your black bin for collection.


    • Please do not take this waste to your local Household Waste Recycling Centre.

For more information about face coverings, please visit the Government website.

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