Disposal of Face Coverings

How to dispose of face coverings – Advice from Rother DC

With face coverings becoming compulsory in shops and supermarkets from the 24th July more and more people will be wearing them.  If you don’t yet have a face covering there are plenty of options available to you both washable and disposable. If you’re going down the disposable route it’s important you know how to dispose of them safely.

If the public needs to throw away face covering or other PPE such as gloves, they should:·

  • Dispose of them in the ‘black bag’ waste bin at home or at work, or a litter bin if outside
  • Not put them in a recycling bin as they cannot be recycled through conventional recycling facilities
  • Take them home if there is no litter bin – do not drop them as litter

They do not need to put them in an extra bag or store them for a time before throwing them away.