How to Minimise COVID-19 Spread Through Household Waste
It’s true to say that the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown the world’s population into uncharted territory, with new guidelines on how to live our day-to-day lives to limit further spread of the virus.
The public have had strict advice from government to stay at home as much as possible, while those who have caught the infection and do not need medical attention must completely self-isolate.
People will produce more domestic waste than normal while confined to their homes, and it is possible that those carrying COVID-19, even unknowingly, can transfer it through any waste they might have handled.
Since our bins still continue to be collected, it’s crucial to minimise any risk to personnel who could be coming into contact with contaminated waste and recycling. There are a few measures you can take and let others know about, which will only help to further the fight against this global threat.
Firstly, double bagging the waste will limit the bag leaking or being handled by another person within the household as well as keeping it safely away from anyone who may be handling waste upon collection. Placing within the black bin is an extra safeguard to ensure that our waste collectors are kept as safe as possible from any contaminated waste.
When placing items in the black bin, please be sure to adhere to all Public Health Agency advice and wash down all bin lids and handles before washing your hands with soap and water for a minimum of twenty seconds, and remember to not touch your face or other surfaces before you are able to properly clean your hands.
It has also been strongly advised that waste handled by an infected person within your household be kept separate so as to reduce the risk of cross-contamination.
Any waste which is likely to be contaminated, including tissues, masks or cleaning clothes should be double bagged, tied securely and stored safely out of reach of any persons or pets for 72 hours before placing in the black (general waste) bin regardless of content. It is important to note that this applies to all waste that has been handled by any persons displaying symptoms or confirmed to be infected with COVID-19.
Re-Gen Waste is continuing to monitor the impact of coronavirus on a day-by-day basis in regard to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our employees, their families and the wider community, while preventing disruption to our business operations or client service.
We are actively seeking to work with our customers and partners to resolve issues as they arise. Should you have any queries or questions please feel free to contact our dedicated taskforce team at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are prepared and well positioned to assist you.
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