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  • How to manage waste from Lateral Flow Device (LFD) testing

    Created: 06/05/2021

    SEPA has updated its guidance on how to manage waste from Lateral Flow Device (LFD) testing. These updates follow additional public health advice on the risks of managing waste from lateral flow device testing. A document containing answers from Public Health Scotland and SEPA to commonly asked questions regarding the management of waste arising LFD testing for asymptomatic cases of COVID-19 is also available.

    You may find it helpful to note that:

    • in community and workplace settings, where testing is on a small scale (such as at care homes), waste from LFD tests can be placed in the residual waste “black bag” waste stream;
    • the waste no longer requires to be picked up separately in a separate waste stream and you should agree this with your waste collector before changing current practices;
    • qaste from lateral flow device testing is not considered infectious waste and therefore does not need to be double-bagged and stored for 72 hours even in the event of a positive test; 
    • the external packaging of test kits can be recycled, however, waste from LFD testing (swabs, cartridges, devices) should not be placed in recycling; and
    • any waste produced should not be disposed of in the clinical waste (orange bag) stream.


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