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Needles, Smoke Detectors, Prescription Drugs/Medication, Bicycles, Polystyrene


Needles
Although it is technically "legal" for a home self-care generator of syringes (sharps) to place them in the garbage if properly secured, there is a much safer way to dispose of these items. Many hospitals in and around the County participate in the New Jersey Hospital Association's Safe Syringe Program. Hospitals provide sharps containers to the home generator that the generator returns to the hospital when full. Contact the hospitals listed below for further information.

Note: Under no circumstances should needles ever be put in any type of container and placed out for recycling collection . This is very hazardous to recycling center employees.
 
St. Peter's University Hospital    
New Brunswick    
732-745-8600  ext 8371 
 
University Medical Center at Princeton    
Plainsboro
609-853-6140

JFK Medical Center     
Edison      
732-321-7539  
   
Somerset Medical Center
Somerville
 908-685-2200  ext 3258
 
Smoke Detectors
Homeowners are encouraged to mail smoke detectors back to the appropriate manufacturer.  Please check the information below before mailing as it is subject to change.  All alarms/detectors are to be marked "for disposal".
 
Firex
Firex c/o Disposal
28C Leigh Fisher Blvd.
El Paso, TX 79906
800-445-8299
 
Dicon
20 Steelcase Rd. W., Unit 3
Markham, Ontario L3R 1B2
Canada
800-387-4219
  
First Alert/BRK Brands3920
Enterprise Court
Aurora, IL 60504- 8132
800-323-9005 ext 2
(call ahead for mailing directions) 
 
Kidde/Lifesaver/Frynetics, Inc.
1374 S. Third St.
Mebane, NC 27302
800-880-6788
  
Safety's Sake/Funtech
388 N. Ellicot Creek Road
Amherst, NY 14428 American SenSors
1-800-387-4219
   
If your manufacturer is not listed, http://curieservices.com/ offers a disposal service for a fee.
You may also try contacting the place of purchase for options or suggestions.

Medication Disposal
Do not dispose of prescriptions and over the counter medications down the drain or toilet!  Wastewater treatment facilities cannot remove harmful pharmaceutical compounds and these may end up in your drinking water.
For information about collection days and drop-off locations for medications, please visit the following websites:
 
Bicycles
Pedals for Progress is a nonprofit group that collects bicycles for reuse.  Visit their website at www.p4p.org  to find the collection nearest you.
Second Life Bikes is another nonprofit group that accepts bikes for refurbishing and reuse.  Visit their website at www.secondlifebikes.org/ for more information.
 
Polystyrene
Block Foam- No Food Containers
Foam Pack Industries
72 Fadem Rd
Springfield, NJ 07081
973- 376-3700   Contact: Harvey Goodstein  
 
 
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