Update - 20 April 2021

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Update 20 April 2021

The safe disposal of Lateral Flow Devices (LFDs), Face Coverings and Gloves

As we all continue to take steps to supress the transmission of COVID-19, the use of Lateral Flow Devices (LFDs) at home is increasing and Flintshire County Council would like to urge residents to dispose of LFDs safely and responsibly after use. 

LFDs are used to identify people with COVID-19 who are not showing symptoms. Using a swab to take a sample from the back of the throat and nose, the device detects proteins present when a person has COVID-19.  

When using LFDs at home please follow the guidance below:  

  • DO NOT put the LFDs in recycling containers;
  • if the test is NEGATIVE please put the LFD into your black bin waste;
  • if the test is POSITIVE please place the LFD into a secure bag and keep it in a safe place for 72 hours. After this time place the secure bag into your black bin waste.  

Where the test is positive you will need to comply with current self-isolation guidelines.  During this self-isolation period please: 

  • DO NOT put any tissues, disposable cloths, and masks (if worn) in the recycling containers - dispose of them in your black bin ONLY;
  • follow national guidelines and set your waste aside and do not put your waste bin out for collection for at least 72 hours;
  • ensure that recycling items such as glass, cans and plastics are washed thoroughly and dry before they’re put out for collection; 
  • clean the handles of the bins / containers before placing them out for collection;
  • don’t forget to wash your hands before you put out your bin and recycling containers, and again as soon as you bring them back in. 

We would also remind people not to place disposable face masks and gloves in recycling containers.  If outdoors please dispose of them safely in a general litter bin or alternatively take them home with you where they should be placed in your black bin waste.  

Together we can all help to keep each other safe. 

Free Webinars offer key marketing tips to Flintshire businesses


Flintshire County Council has joined forces with local company Outwrite PR to help local businesses prepare to reopen as we ease out of lockdown.

The past year has been incredibly difficult for all of us, but no more so than town centre businesses, local food and drink producers and the hospitality and tourism sectors.

To help businesses get back on track, we are holding two free webinars and inviting local businesses to sign up and come along.  Both webinars will run for 30 minutes and should prove a useful addition to local business owners’ plans already being put in place. 

Dates and times are as follows and will take place via ZOOM:

• Tuesday 4 May 10am

• Tuesday 11 May 10am

The first will feature Laurence Edwards from Black Mountain Honey and will focus on how to generate content for social media (beyond simply publishing sales messages and offers or discounts).   This will help you to build relationships and trust with your key audience(s) and customers.

Laurence says: 

“We believe social media is a powerful tool in forging lasting connections with local businesses. We enjoy promoting local food producers through our social media channels as this strengthens Flintshire's position as a 'foodie' destination and helps guide consumers towards local produce.”

Webinar two will take place a week later and focus the entire digital footprint and how to build engaging content for cost-effective results.  This webinar will help you ensure there is a consistently high-quality brand image across all forms of marketing.  Local business owner Stephen Thorp from A Pesto will be there to talk about his experiences and highlight what has worked well for his business.

Stephen says:

“We’re really excited to share our experience and knowledge on this webinar. We love engaging with customers as well as other businesses on social media and we believe it’s important to help empower them as we come out of lockdown.”

To sign up, go to Eventbrite link.  You will be asked to specify your language choice and you will receive an invitation and link to join the webinar.  If you are unable to attend on the dates above but would still like to view the webinars, they will be available to view after the event (more details to follow).

If you have any questions, please email anthony@outwrite.co.uk  or sharon.barlow@flintshire.gov.uk.  We look forward to seeing you there!

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