Disposal of Face Masks within UNON Complex

07 Oct 2021

Masks are essential for stopping the spread of COVID-19 during the pandemic and they have become an everyday accessory.  During the course of the work day, a staff member might find that they need to dispose of or switch out a mask for any number of reasons.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends discarding them in the "correct" rubbish bin immediately after use and not reusing them.  Used masks should not  be thrown indiscriminately into recycle bins or open dust bins as it can pose a potential health hazard to people who come in contact with such masks.

What is the "correct" bin?

Masks and other disposable material that are used to contain the pandemic, such as gloves, should be disposed of in designated pedal bins which have been provided in each washroom within the complex.

How to dispose of masks correctly:

  1. Wash your hands thoroughly before you take off your mask.
  2. When you take off your mask, only touch the elastic straps.
  3. Dispose of the mask ONLY in the designated pedal bin in the washroom.
  4. When you have finished, wash your hands with soap and water
Posted on: 01 Oct 2021