Safely disposing of face coverings and personal protective equipment

Ideally, you should wash and reuse cloth face coverings to prevent and reduce waste. Read government guidance on how to make and wear a reusable cloth face covering.

Remove PPE carefully, and avoid touching the inside of your face covering.

After you remove your PPE or face covering, wash your hands or use hand sanitiser.

If you need to throw away used face coverings or PPE, such as gloves:

  • dispose of them in your ‘black bag’ waste bin at home or at work, or a litter bin if you’re outside
  • do not put them in a recycling bin as they cannot be recycled through conventional recycling facilities
  • take them home with you if there is no litter bin – do not drop them as litter

You do not need to:

  • put them in an extra bag
  • store them for a time before throwing them away