What is COVID-19?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some of which cause illness in humans. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus that causes symptoms like fever, cough, runny nose and shortness of breath. In severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia.
Transmission of COVID-19
COVID-19 is spread to other people through contaminated droplets spread by coughing or sneezing, or by contact with contaminated hands, surfaces or objects.
The risk of transmission of COVID-19 when handling waste is low. The handling of waste should be done in accordance with safe routine procedures.
To prevent transmission of COVID-19 while managing waste, usual good hygiene measures are recommended.
Isolating with suspected or confirmed COVID-19
Waste items from people in isolation with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 in non-healthcare facilities is classified as general solid waste (putrescible).
Advice for people in isolation
- Dispose of all used personal care items such as tissues, disposable masks, gloves in a rubbish bin that’s lined with a plastic bag.
- When the bin is three-quarters full, tie-off the plastic bag to prevent spillage of the contents. Avoid touching the inside of the bag and dispose of the bag into the general household red-lidded rubbish bin.
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. You can use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser if your hands are not visibly dirty.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
This advice will be reviewed and adjusted when or if more information becomes available.
- Service NSW – for information and advice for NSW businesses go to service.nsw.gov.au.
- Health – follow the COVID-19 health advice at NSW Health at health.nsw.gov.au.
- Worker health and safety – follow SafeWork NSW advice at safework.nsw.gov.au.
- Waste – see information about transport and disposal of waste or call the Environment Line on 131 555.