Changes and advice to disposing in response to COVID-19
Waste and recycling can be managed as per usual arrangements as long as good hygiene practices are observed. Here’s a quick guide on how to properly dispose of items you may be using to protect yourself and your family during this difficult time.
- For people who are sick or self-isolating - place all used disposable gloves, gowns, face masks and other contaminated items in the rubbish bin and tie the bag when full. Wash your hands immediately after handling these items.
- Tissues, napkins and paper towel - put these items in your rubbish bin.
- Face mask - put these items in your rubbish bin.
- Hand sanitiser bottles - put empty and rinsed bottles in the recycling. Put lids and pump in the rubbish bin.
- Wipes - put this item in your rubbish bin. Never flush wipes, even if they are labelled "flushable." Wipes clog up sewer and septic systems.
- Disinfectant wipes plastic canister - put this item in your recycling bin.
- Rubber and plastic gloves - put these items in your rubbish bin.
- Donation of goods - all charity bins in Canberra’s public places will be removed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges faced by charity workforces in managing ongoing illegal dumping around charity bins. Please consider storing items at home temporarily while we navigate this difficult time. The ACT Government will continue to work closely with the charity sector post COVID-19 to identify alternative collection point options in the future.
For the latest updates on the COVID-19 situation in the ACT visit www.covid19.act.gov.au.
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