5.20 Safe management of waste

Waste should be handled in accordance with Section 1.9 of SICPs. Any items contaminated with BBF (including saliva) for any patient regardless of infectious status should be disposed of as clinical waste.

 

Care Home Settings

Care homes should refer to the Care Home IPCM for older people and adult care homes for more general information on safe management of waste in this setting.

If the care home does not have a clinical waste contract ensure all waste items (e.g. used tissues and disposable cleaning cloths) that have been in contact with residents who are known or suspected to have COVID-19 are disposed of securely within disposable bags. When full, the plastic bag should then be placed in a second bin bag and tied. These bags should be stored in a secure location for 72 hours before being put out for collection.

Waste generated from patients/individuals who are on the respiratory pathway or where there is a confirmed outbreak, should be disposed of as clinical waste where clinical waste contracts are in place.

 

Primary Care and Community Health and Social Care settings

If the community health and care setting does not have a clinical waste contract, or for care at home, ensure all waste items (e.g. used tissues and disposable cleaning cloths) that have been in contact with service users who are known or suspected to have COVID-19 are disposed of securely within disposable bags. When full, the plastic bag should then be placed in a second bin bag and tied. These bags should be stored in a secure location for 72 hours before being put out for collection.