Syringes Wash Up on NJ Beaches

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For the second time this summer, syringes and other medical waste have washed up on New Jersey beaches. Earlier this morning Mantoloking beach workers found "medical waste" and yesterday a man photographed needles on the shore of Ocean Beach. 

According to, a spokesperson for the Department of Environmental Protection said that plastic, tampons and syringes wash up on beaches because of "combined sewer outflow." This type of sewer system collects rainwater runoff, domestic sewage, and industrial wastewater in the same pipe.

With all the rain New Jersey's gotten it's not surprising that waste is ending up in the ocean but it's jarring to hear about syringes washing ashore.

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