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Are there laws governing the disposal of syringes (Home Generated Medical Waste) in New Jersey?

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YES.  The improper disposal of syringes or reusable hypodermic needles is regulated by State law (N.J.S.A. 2A:170-25.17).  This Statute prohibits any person from discarding disposable or reusable hypodermic needles or syringes, in public or private places which are accessible to other persons (including trespassers) without first destroying the needle or syringe.  This means you are responsible for destroying your needles and syringes, even when you visit other people.  Violators of this Statute can be fined up to $500.00 and/or imprisoned or both.  If visiting other states, check their laws to determine whether your medical waste is regulated and the proper disposal methods.
Updated 12/13/2010 11:21 AM
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