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How to throw away the garbage if someone at home has coronavirus?

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The coronavirus has changed everyone’s lives. And at levels that few would have even imagined. One of those aspects in which, in principle, few of us had fallen, is that the garbage generated at home if there is a coronavirus patient cannot be thrown away just like that. In fact, the correct way to do it is well specified in a general provision of the Ministry of Health and requires three bags. According to this regulation, the waste from households with a positive or quarantined must go “exclusively” in the waste fraction container. Then, preferably, they will be “incinerated or taken to the landfill.”

Yet doubts arise. For example: can the waste of an affected party share a container with the rest of the neighbors ?; Where to throw the used gloves after making the purchase ?; The protections that a supermarket cashier uses, for example, go to the yellow container? Each case has its answer.

The waste of a sick person, including gloves, handkerchiefs or masks, must be thrown away in a bucket in the affected person’s own room. In other words, you don’t have to do the usual separation to recycle. Everything goes to the same place and the bag in which they are deposited must be closed very well and then put it in another bag where the gloves and mask that family members or caregivers use will also be deposited. Of course, this second packaging must be properly closed before throwing it in a third plastic bag, which will be the common one for the rest of the household waste.

This type of matryoshka in the form of a bag will always be taken to the container for the rest fraction: «It is strictly prohibited to take them to the separate collection tanks of any of the fractions (organic, packaging, paper, glass or textile) or their abandonment in the environment”. Needless to say, the person in charge of disposing of the ‘pack’ of waste, should wash their hands with soap and water for at least 40 to 60 seconds.

And what about those who do not have coronaviruses? In this case, gloves, scarves and masks also go the bucket of the rest fraction (they are not containers so they would not go yellow anyway), but The authorities ask this group of population for an extra effort in terms of recycling.. In other words, paper and cardboard on the one hand, plastics and packaging on the other, glass in the green container and organic in the bags that end up in brown. The objective is “to reduce as much as possible what is thrown to the ‘rest’ and which reaches the treatment plants” so that they can use all the resources there to destroy the coronavirus residues.

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