Should you dispose of disinfection products in a certain way?

March 11, 2021 2 min read

Should you dispose of disinfection products in a certain way?

Cleaning products can often contain ingredients that can be harmful to human health and the environment. Many of us may not think about it but it is important that we dispose of these products safely. The first port of call would be to look at the product safety label; this can indicate what additional actions are required if you wish to dispose of unused product.

 

Take care if you a see a product with the symbols above on it; this means that the product is corrosive, flammable, an irritant or toxic. In these cases, the chemical product should not be poured down a sink or drain and you may need to contact a hazardous waste collection company to dispose of it for you.

 

The symbol above means that the product is an aerosol. Empty aerosols can be safely disposed of in the recycling bin, however, partially or completely full aerosols should be collected separately by the council. Many people aren’t aware of this.

 If the products have been used and therefore the packaging remains, then you can adhere to the guidelines on the product for disposal, which may simply be in household recycling. 

CCL disinfection products containing hypochlorous acid consist of natural ingredients that are non-toxic to humans and animals, non-irritating and safe for the environment. No PPE is required when the product is being used or disposed of. Therefore, disposal of the product and packaging itself is very simple and can be done so in household waste and recycling. 

There have also been increased concerns about disposing of used cleaning materials, especially when being used specifically to control Covid-19 transmission and outbreaks.

In these cases, use single use cloths or paper roll, and only use one in a specific area, in one wipe and in one direction to avoid spreading possible contamination. These can then be disposed of in normal waste. Should there be any concern with someone having a positive coronavirus test result, this can be placed into a second bin bag and tied, to prevent spilling.

If in doubt, contact the manufacturer for disposal advice, check PHE guidelines, or contact your local council. Never pour harmful chemicals down a drain or mix chemicals.


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