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How to dispose of used masks and gloves safely

You need to dispose of used masks and gloves safely. This will help contain the community spread of COVID-19. It also helps protect rubbish and recycling workers. 

The Government recommends using a face covering to help protect yourself and others from COVID-19. Face coverings became mandatory on public transport from Monday 31 August 2020. 

How to dispose of single use masks and gloves safely

It is important to dispose of used masks carefully as they have the potential to spread COVID-19.

  • Place used face masks and gloves in rubbish bins for safe disposal at landfills.
  • Do not dispose of used face masks and gloves or any other personal protective equipment in household or public recycling bins.  

What you need to do if you have a reusable mask

  • Wash your reusable masks/face coverings regularly to ensure they are clean and sanitary.

Reusable masks are a great way to reduce your waste. You can buy one or make your own — you can find how-to videos on YouTube. 

Place used masks and gloves in the rubbish they can't be recycled.

Reviewed:
27/08/20