Coronavirus: Dealing with waste facemasks and PPE

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Guidance from NetRegs on how to dispose of facemasks and other PPE in line with your environmental responsibilities

NetRegs has published new guidance on how to deal with the growing issue of waste facemasks and personal protective equipment (PPE).

Since 10 August 2020 the use of face coverings in certain indoor settings, such as shops or shopping centres, has been mandatory. Face coverings are also required on public transport. Certain exemptions apply.

Waste facemasks and PPE should be disposed of in the correct bin and with the appropriate procedure followed. They should not be put in a recycle bin. Regulations may apply on how to dispose of your equipment, some of which may have changed due to COVID-19.

The guidance details particular responsibilties for dealing with facemasks and PPE waste in:

  • healthcare settings
  • social, community and residential care settings
  • other settings
  • if working with asbestos

Find out more about your environmental responsibilities for waste facemasks and PPE on the NetRegs website.

First published 12 August 2020