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Waste tips to help break the COVID-19 chain of transmission

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You can protect your health and keep your family safe by properly handling waste in your home and in the community. Let’s work together to break the chain of transmission and reduce potential risks and further spread of COVID-19. 

Handle waste properly in your home

  • Throw your used tissues, latex gloves and masks in a wastebasket lined with a plastic bag. Do not place these items in with your blue box or green bin
  • Wash your hands with soap and water after throwing those items away as well as after emptying your waste basket
  • Tie all your waste bags securely and put out with your regular trash

If you have tested positive for COVID-19:

  • Place all disposable items that have come into contact with your mouth, nose or eyes into the garbage – this includes recyclables such as plastic water bottles, pop cans or milk cartons, or compostables such as facial tissue or paper napkins 

When setting your waste out at the curb on collection day please ensure all garbage and green bin materials are bagged and tied securely for the health and safety of your collection workers.  If loose materials are in your garbage cans or green bins the bins may be left behind. 

Do not litter 

When you’re out in the community, please be respectful of others and do not litter these items. Place in a trash can or take home with you to go in your own garbage. 

Littering these materials on the ground is unacceptable and poses a risk to you, essential workers and the environment. 

Litter clean up in these unprecedented times should be done with caution. If you choose to pick up litter, especially these items, please wear puncture-proof gloves and immediately wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if you can’t wash right away. 

Keep your distance

Please practice physical distancing when putting waste at the curb. Help keep our waste collectors safe. You must keep a distance of 2 metres (6 feet) from waste collectors at all times.

For more information about garbage and recycling, visit york.ca/waste   

Learn more about York Region’s emergency response to COVID-19 at york.ca/covid19 


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