PISCATAWAY, NJ - With the rise of residents practicing social distancing and wearing protective gloves and masks during the pandemic, there has also been a rise of people littering parking lots and other areas with these items instead of being thrown in the trash.

In a Thursday Facebook post, the Piscataway Police Department reminded residents to dispose of their personal protective equipment (PPE) in the garbage. 

“While we appreciate the fact that our residents are trying to protect themselves from COVID-19, we ask that you take it one step further in stopping the spread by disposing of your masks and gloves in garbage cans. 

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Discarding them on the ground only puts the ones who have to clean them up at risk!

We are in this together to #flattenthecurve and #stopthespread. Do your part.

We would also like to remind you that disposing of any kind of debris on the ground is considered littering, which can result in heavy fines.”

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