COVID-19 Rapid At-Home Tests Special Instructions Paperboard Box and Paper are Recyclable The box and paper instructions can be placed in the recycling. All Other Items Are TrashThe nasal collection swab, test card, liquid dropper, and plastic packaging should be placed in the trash. Dispose of Tests Carefully When SickIf you or a household member feels sick, use extra care when disposing of used tests. Wash your hands before and after performing the test. Place the used test materials in a sealed bag before disposing in the trash. If the disposing party is a lab, doctor’s office, or other commercial entity regulated by the health department, follow biohazardous waste disposal rules and regulations specific to the business type. Ways to Reduce Take Tests Only When Necessary To minimize waste, tests should be taken only when necessary. Here are the CDC’s recommendations for when to take a COVID-19 test.