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Rapid Covid Testing Disposal

Aug 26, 2021

As we continue to navigate through the pandemic, keeping the public safe while opening up schools, businesses, and events is a top priority. Because of this, Covid testing is still in full swing. Learning institutions, corporations, event facilitators, and other large groups are using rapid covid testing as a fast way to determine if someone is infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus. In addition, testing with immediate results helps contain the spread of the disease, particularly in large group settings. Consequently, these precautions create a need for proper rapid covid testing disposal.


Covid-19 Testing Waste Must be Properly Disposed

The increase in point of care testing has caused an increase in infectious waste, often in locations where there wouldn’t normally be a biohazard bin readily available. But remember, used rapid antigen testing kits should be treated as regulated medical waste. Therefore, any test kits, including used swabs, PPE exposed to the virus, or contaminated with infectious material such as blood or vomit, must be properly disposed of. These items should not go in the regular trash. Instead, they should be placed in a rigid biohazard container or bag that is leak-proof and puncture-resistant. These materials then need to be treated by a licensed facility, such as MERI.

Biohazard bin for contaminated covid waste and green bin for regular trash

MERI Has Your Solution for Rapid Covid Testing Waste Disposal

2 gallon sharps disposal mailback containerWe make collection and disposal easy for you with our mailback kits.  Place your biohazard waste in one of our containers and then mail it back via USPS to MERI. These kits are available nationwide and are compliant and DOT certified for transport back to our facility for proper treatment and disposal.

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Remember, Used Covid-19 Testing Kits

  • are regulated medical waste;
  • must go in a red biohazard bag that is properly closed and sealed in a biohazard container;
  • must also be disposed of at a licensed treatment facility, such as MERI.