In view of the evolution of COVID-19's infection in Portugal, EGF warns for five essential waste rules to have with household waste, which demand special attention during a pandemic phase.
1. Masks, gloves and tissues are not recyclable, they must ALWAYS be disposed of in regular waste
These materials are appearing, in large quantities, in ecopoints, ending up in the sorting lines. In addition to not being recyclable, they can be contaminated.
2. Contaminated waste is not recyclable, it must ALWAYS be disposed of in regular waste
This rule applies to all persons infected with COVID-19 or who are quarantined for the same suspicion. Anyone in these conditions should have their garbage placed in two bags, one inside the other, tightly closed. These bags must not be full or compacted - they just have to be tightly closed and deposited inside the regular waste container.
3. NEVER leave garbage bags on the floor, put them in the waste container
If the waste container is full, it should be used when it is available or one should use the nearest container. If the usual collection is made with bags, the instructions of the municipality or parish must be followed.
4. Do not leave off bulky waste for collection in a pandemic phase
In a pandemic phase, this service is not a priority, companies and municipalities are making a considerable effort to maintain the essential public service for the population. Even if you do tidying at home, you should wait until the end of this phase and only place these materials (mattresses, sofas and other materials that do not fit in the containers) when the service is available.
5. Stay at home and maintain hygiene
Stay at home, keep the bins/trash areas clean, always protect your hands and wash them after these operations for at least 20 seconds. With these attitudes, it is possible to prevent infection, even protecting the workers who provide the waste collection and treatment service every day.