Lateral Flow Testing

As many as one-in-three people might have the virus without displaying any symptoms – so regular self-testing will help you recognise whether you have it, but you will need to be responsible when disposing of the LFDs.

It’s really important to dispose of these testing kits correctly to keep others safe, which you can do by following this advice…

What to do…

• If the test is negative, place it in a bag and tie it up. This is now ready to go in your general waste bin.

• If the test is positive, double bag it – making sure the bags are secured (tied/sealed), then keep for 72 hours before putting in your general waste bin.

DO NOT try to dispose of test kits with any of your recycling waste streams.

These are the three important steps to follow.

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“Safety is the priority”

Cllr David A Bithell, Lead Member for Environment and Transport, said: “People who take a test will need to be extra responsible when disposing of the lateral flow testing device. Everyone has worked hard to improve the situation in Wrexham over the past months and I’m sure no one wants to do anything that will set us back. Safety is the priority.

“As a simple rule, if the test is negative – bag it, secure it, bin it. If the test is positive – double bag it, secure it, wait 72 hours, then bin it. You’ll be putting others in danger if you attempt to do anything other than these steps we’ve outlined.”

Reminder – dispose of face masks/coverings responsibly

It’s also important to be responsible if you use disposable face masks or coverings.

Please use general waste bins or take them home to dispose of safely. They should be put into a plastic bag to avoid any further spread of the virus and your hands should be washed or sanitised straight after.


If you have a positive test, you will need to comply with current self-isolation guidelines. Take a look on the Welsh Government website for information on self-isolating.

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