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'Dispose of PPE Safely' Says North Yorkshire County Council

'Dispose of PPE Safely' Says North Yorkshire County Council

Published by Karen Liu at 2:28pm 15th June 2020. (Updated at 4:32pm 15th June 2020)

North Yorkshire County Council is issuing a reminder on the importance of disposing personal protection equipment.

The authority says it is as more residents use disposable face masks, gloves and wipes and tissues.

It says disposable, used face coverings, gloves, tissues and wipes cannot be recycled and these should be disposed of in your general waste, and to not put these personal hygiene products in your recycling as they are not recyclable.  

North Yorkshire County Council says if you or anybody in your household is experiencing symptoms of coronavirus – such as a raised temperature, new continuous cough or loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – you should take extra precautions when disposing of any personal waste.

It should be stored securely in disposable rubbish bags. These should be placed into another bag, tied securely and kept outside for at least 72 hours before being put in the general rubbish bin, outside your house.

County Councillor Andrew Lee, Executive Member for Waste Management, said:

“More of us are using PPE, such as face coverings and disposable gloves, and for everyone’s protection we want to encourage residents of North Yorkshire to dispose of this properly after use.

These items cannot be recycled and it’s important to put them into the general waste bins where they will be disposed of safely.” 

For further information on disposing of PPE correctly, watch their video here: 


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