Somerset Waste Partnership is promoting the Government guidance on the safe disposal of potentially contaminated personal waste. The specific advice on how anyone with symptoms of the coronavirus, Covid-19 should dispose of waste, such as tissues and disposable cloths states: “Personal waste such as tissues and disposable cleaning cloths, should be stored securely in disposable rubbish bags. These should then be placed into another bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste within your home. This should then be put aside for at least 72 hours before being put in your usual rubbish outside your house, which will be collected as part of the usual fortnightly collections.”

The guidance is for anyone with symptoms, including those diagnosed with the infection, who must remain at home, for the minimum required period, currently 14 days. It also applies to people in households with someone showing symptoms that may be caused by the coronavirus, such as a new continuous cough and/or high temperature.
Other household waste can be disposed of as normal. The guidance is available to view on a dedicated SWP web page at www.somersetwaste.gov.uk/coronavirus

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