Disposal Of Rapid Antigen Test Kits ⚕️: Nowadays, Rapid Antigen Test Kits have grown in popularity for fulfilling quick on-site tests that can signal either the presence or absence of COVID-19 antigens. In this blog, we talk about how you can dispose of them properly if you intend to use or have already used them. 

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Fast forward to today, you will still see numerous amounts of people from all over the world contracting the virus and suffering its symptoms. Unfortunately, nothing much has changed since the beginning. But at the very least, we can check out our status and see if we contracted the virus or not. We can do so by the use of Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) kits.

How do we use these kits? Are they hard or fairly easy to use? More importantly, how does the disposal of Rapid Antigen Test kits even happen? We will discuss all of that in this blog.

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Now, onto the disposal of Rapid Antigen Test kits!

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Disposal of Rapid Antigen Test Kits: what to do

You just have to remember some few pointers if you are going to dispose of your Rapid Antigen Kit, according to the NSW and South Australian Government (which is the standard in any state, really):

First, store the test kit in a place where it is safe, dry and cool. It will usually have instructions that you should follow.

Next, follow the disposal instructions provided with the Rapid Antigen Test kits. Some might come with a plastic bag. If it does come with a plastic bag, place the contents there including with the swab for proper disposal. Afterwards, you can now dispose of them in your household rubbish/general waste bin.

Take note not to recycle the test kits.

What if you were not provided with a bag? Then, you can go ahead and place the items used from the test into a small, sealable plastic bag. Put this bag into another another bag and dispose of it in the household rubbish/general waste bin.

Make sure to wash your hands properly after completing the test and properly disposing of the Rapid Antigen Test kit contents.


Disposal of Rapid Antigen Test kits: how do they work?

Now, how do they really work? Here is how (instructions from direct365):

  • First, a sample – called a swab sample – is taken from either the nose or the mouth. It can also be taken from both if preferred.
  • The healthcare worker handling the process then mixes it with a buffer solution which can release and break up the virus fragments.
  • The mentioned virus fragments will then move along the strip to reach a set of labelled antibodies. Once both of the virus fragments and antibodies combine, they then enter what we call a ‘test zone’.
  • Wait for a bit (around 5 minutes or so) and a coloured line will appear in the control zone. This indicates whether the test has worked or not.
  • Check for colours. If a coloured band appears in the test zone, then this only means one thing: you tested positive and have the virus present in you.

With all of these said, can we really trust the Rapid Antigen Test kit and consider ourselves positive if it says so?

The answer to that is not yet. If you get a positive result, then you should first go to a centre that can also test you to confirm. Although the kits are good to use to determine if one is positive or not, it is still not as entirely accurate as the results you can get from a lab.


Tips to remember when disposing of Rapid Antigen Test kits

Before thinking of the disposal of Rapid Antigen Test kits, one must first think about how to collect and store them properly. Get them out of reach of anyone for everyone’s safety.

This is especially important because these kits are mostly made of ‘biowaste‘ which can bring about harm to humans and animals alike. Remember these:

  • We can consider the liquids, containers and other items used in testing as hazardous waste. As such, we should separate them from other wastes located around the area and not dispose of them in the general waste or rubbish bin.
  • As for the box and paper instructions of the kit, we can put them instead in the general waste/household rubbish waste (recycling for the paper instructions) stream.
  • Prevent them from leaking at all times. Store them appropriately in a sealed, clear biohazard container especially designed to prevent leaks and spills from happening.
  • To ensure the proper disposal of Rapid Antigen Test kits, never compact them mechanically. Also, you should never treat or process these waste mechanically, as well.
  • These wastes should only be handled by professionals.
  • In case spills and leaks indeed happen, deal with it accordingly. Clean everything up immediately and put the wastes in their respective containers.

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Disposal of Rapid Antigen Test kits: conclusion

In everything that we use, we should dispose of properly. The same goes true for Rapid Antigen Test kits. We have to dispose of them properly so that they will not cause harm to living things.


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