You may have been wondering lately, are Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) recyclable?
The short answer is no, they’re not. While made from hard plastic, which is usually easily recycled, RATs are considered medical waste. And thus must be disposed of safely.
The NSW government recommends that tests, including all materials, be placed in a sealed plastic bag and added to your normal garbage bin.
While we worry about the added and extreme levels of plastic being added to the environment at this time, it is of the highest importance that we all keep ourselves and others safe.
You can, however, recycle the packaging of RATs. While this may seem small and insignificant, individuals may be using upwards of 1-5 RATs every month. So we can reduce some waste with very minimal effort. Remember to dispose of your RAT material safely, and recycle the cardboard boxes and paperwork each and every time.
You can also ditch the single use masks all together and “invest” in a reusable one if you want to minimise your own individual waste.
Let us know in the comments your favourite local Aussie mask makers!