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PPE: Do not dispose in recycling

The Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI) has urged the public not to put Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in recycling and ensure that it is disposed of ‘appropriately’.

The CPI says there is evidence that a number of people have been disposing of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in their household recycling.

Used PPE that is wrongly included for recycling is placing essential frontline workers at further risk during this health crisis because those collecting, sorting and handling this material are potentially exposed to coronavirus.

PPE should not be recycled, it should be treated in the same way as domestic medical waste such as properly contained sharps and soiled hygiene products such as nappies and pads, and should be bagged separately and disposed of in general waste.

If you are unsure how to manage and control PPE including PPE requirements, please get in touch with your Health & Safety Advisor.

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