IMPORTANT GUIDELINES REGARDING THE PROPER HANDLING AND STORAGE OF DOMESTIC WASTE GENERATED BY ALL POSITIVELY IDENTIFIED COVID-19 RESIDENTS

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To curb the spread of COVID-19 and to protect our workers who come into contact with domestic waste, it is important that the following guidelines be followed:

  1. All waste items that have been in contact with individuals that are confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 (e.g. used tissues, disposable cleaning cloths, gloves, masks, etc.) must be disposed of securely within a black refuse plastic bag, separate from the rest of the household’s refuse.
  2. When full, the black refuse plastic bag should then be placed in a second black refuse plastic bag (double bag) and tied to prevent any waste from spilling from the bag.
  3. Double-bagged refuse bags  must be stored separately for FIVE (5) days in direct sun, before being placed outside yourhome for collection by the local municipality. The safest option would be to store bags for an additional week before domestic waste collection is done. This will ensure that the COVID-19 virus is killed.
  4. Residents are requested to please sanitize or wash hands with water and soap for 20 seconds before and after handling black refuse plastic bags. This measure is to protect both the public and the refuse removal teams.

ISSUED: Hessequa Municipality