COVID 19 – Correct Rubber Glove Disposal

COVID 19 – Correct Rubber Glove Disposal

April 7, 2020 Off By TOR2ltd

Correct Rubber Glove Disposal

Torbay Council and TOR2 want to ensure local residents are aware of how to safely dispose of items including rubber gloves and tissues during the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.

Guidance for disposing of these items has been updated by Public Health England, as we are all asked to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives by limiting the spread of the virus.

A spokesperson for TOR2 said: “Our recycling crews have found used rubber gloves and tissues being disposed of in recycling boxes. Please do not put these items in with your recycling – our crews will not be able to collect them if they are left this way due to the risk of coronavirus infection.”

Councillor Mike Morey, Cabinet Member for Environment, Infrastructure and Culture for Torbay Council, said: “It is essential that we all observe the public and environmental health advice from central government to help reduce the spread. We would like to thank you all for your understanding and co-operation during this time.”

To reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus:

  • Please dispose of your rubber gloves and other personal waste in the same way as used tissues.
  • These items should be placed securely within disposable rubbish bags. These bags should be placed into another bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste.
  • This should then be put aside for at least 72 hours before being put in your usual external household waste bin.
  • Please remember to thoroughly wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, after disposal.

Until advised otherwise please dispose of all other household waste as normal.

Please note the Household Waste and Recycling Centre in Tor Park Road, Paignton remains closed in line with government guidance and Bulky Waste and green waste collections are still suspended to enable household waste and recycling collections to be prioritised.

Please note any recycling boxes containing used rubber gloves, will not be collected.