Quarantine and Recycling

Personal Protection Equipment and Litter-

Amid the pandemic, people all over New Jersey are trying to protect themselves by wearing Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), such as disposable gloves, wipes and masks.

The biggest problem?  People are not disposing of these items properly.

This lack of responsibility has caused a different type of crisis; one involving litter and the possible contamination of individuals who clean them up from the parking lots of pharmacies, grocery stores and other “essential service” businesses. 

Please dispose of PPE properly.  Remember these items are not recyclable. Do not place them in with recycling.  Bag your used PPE separately from the rest of your trash.

If you choose to go out, bring a bag with you, so you can dispose of your gloves, mask, or wipes into the bag and then dispose of them at home. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has guidelines for properly removing gloves viewed here.

We are all in this together so let’s help keep each other safe.

Follow the DEP (Department of Environmental Protection) campaign on their Facebook page by searching @NJDEPAQES for more information about recycling, waste reduction and sustainability. 

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