Covid testing waste – Lateral flow waste collection and disposal

As we continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, it is vital that we dispose of any waste associated with the virus safely and securely. This helps minimise the risk of cross-contamination or infection and works to keep you, your employees and your customers safe.

As a result, you may need to organise additional Covid-19 Waste Collection Services for your company/business. Call 0800 211 83 90 to arrange this service.

Rapid Lateral Flow Waste Disposal

What waste is produced by COVID-19 testing?

There are various different kinds of waste associated with COVID-19 testing. This includes:

    Covid test swabs
    Lateral flow devices
    Test tubes
    PPE (Gloves, masks etc.)

The waste codes asscoiated with testing waste are EWC 180104 and 180107.

How can we help with COVID-19 test waste?

At, we can help your workplace return to normal by providing you with quick and easy access to COVID waste disposal services.

Whilst we provide businesses with a immediate quote, we have put a specialist team in place to deal with urgent bin, bag and container delivery.

We are passionate about our work and hope to provide you with flexible plans that are best suited to your needs. As a result of this, we have 1,3,6 and 12-month contracts on offer.

What happens to the COVID-19 test waste?

Any waste associated with COVID-19 must be disposed of safely and securely. As a result, we strive to provide the best services possible for our clients. We will provide you with all of the equipment you need to store your waste before collection. The waste will then be transferred to a specialist facility. In terms of COVID-19 waste, it is typically disposed of via incineration.

What bins, bags and containers are used for storage of COVID-19 test waste?

There are various different types of bins, bags and containers that you can use to store COVID-19 waste. This includes:

    Yellow and Black Clinical Waste bags

    PPE equipment, such as face masks and gloves, should be disposed of in Yellow and Black Clinical Waste bags as they are classed as ‘offensive waste’. The bags are also known as ‘Tiger Sacks’, due to their pattern.

    Clear bags

    Waste from lateral flow tests, such as the swabs and slides, should be stored in clear bags. Again, you must ensure that it is stored securely.

    45L units

    Once your bag is full, it should be stored in a 45l unit before collection. Depending upon the amount of waste you produce, you can have as many 45l units as required.

    Pre-paid waste bags

    Lateral flow testing also includes a large amount of packaging. However, this can be disposed of much easier and can be group with your general waste or dry mixed recycling.

    Sharps Bins

    Sharps bins are used, rather simply, to store any products that could be considered ‘sharp’, such as needles. Therefore, they are necessary if your facility is offering vaccinations or other tests.

How often can the waste be collected?

At BusinessWaste, we offer highly flexible services that allow us to schedule waste collection as frequently as required. In addition to one-off collections, we provide daily, weekly, fortnightly and monthly collection schedules.

Where do we collect COVID-19 test waste from?

We can collect waste from any businesses across the UK. Right now, many different companies and organisations are relying on our COVID waste disposal services. This includes:

    GP surgeries
    Covid testing centres
    Drug clinics

Why are lateral flow tests important?

Lateral flow tests (or, rapid tests), are set to become commonplace across the UK in the coming months. This is because they provide results within just 30 minutes. Whilst beforehand, they were used predominantly by those working within the Healthcare sector; various different industries will use them to allow businesses to return to normalcy. For example, plans are being put into place to allow for lateral flow testing to take place at Cinemas, Restaurants, Airports and even warehouses such as Amazon.

How do lateral flow tests work?

    A swab is taken from inside the nose/mouth.
    The swab is then mixed with a buffer solution, which causes it to release virus fragments.
    The buffer solution breaks up the virus fragments.
    A small amount of the solution is then dropped into a lateral flow device, including a small absorbent strip.
    The absorbent strip contains antibodies, which can bind to viral fragments. This means we can see whether or not the user has Covid-19.
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