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Tissues and Personal Waste Disposal

Published: 14/04/2020

Flintshire County Council is urging residents not to put used tissues loose in recycling bags or containers. A minority of people continue to ignore this important health and safety advice and leave recycling bags and containers full of used tissues for collection.

Any recycling containers that contain used or non-used tissues will no longer be collected. Stickers will be attached to any recycling containers that contain tissues and these will be left at the kerbside or collection point. The sticker requests the resident to remove the tissues and correctly dispose of them in the black bin (general waste).  

Residents are also being urged to assist crews manage the additional volumes of recycling and waste materials that are being left for collection by correctly sorting their recycling.  To protect our staff providing this vital service residents are asked to follow these guidelines:

  • Do NOT put any tissues, disposable cloths, and masks (if worn) in the recycling containers.  They should be disposed of in your black bin ONLY
  • If you are self-isolating because someone has viral symptoms in your household, please follow national guidelines and set your waste aside for at least 72 hours before putting it in your usual external household waste (black) bin.
  • Ensure that recycling items such as glass, cans and plastics are washed thoroughly and dry before they are put out for collection. 
  • Clean the handles of the bins / containers before placing them out for collection.
  • Don’t forget to wash your hands before you put out your bin and recycling containers, and again as soon as you bring them back in.