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Waste and recycling

Reduce and recycle household waste to save you money and help protect the environment.

Advice on face masks and their disposal

Masks are a helpful addition in the fight against COVID-19 if used correctly. NSW Health strongly encourages people to wear them when unable to physically distance, particularly in indoor settings, to keep everyone safe.

Safe disposal of face masks

Dispose of single-use masks responsibly in the general rubbish bin. For safety, where possible, put it into a sealed bag before putting it in the bin to ensure others won’t touch it.

Don’t put disposable masks in the recycling. Most single-use masks contain soft plastics and cannot be recycled. They can also get caught in recycling equipment and be a hazard to waste management workers.

There's been an unwelcome rise in disposable masks littering our streets and waterways. Don't be a tosser. Always dispose of single-use masks responsibly.

Learn more about the types of face masks, how to wear them correctly and how to dispose of them safely.

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