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Edison mayor makes public plea to stop discarding PPE gear in supermarket parking lots


EDISON – Edison Township officials urge the public to discard personal protective products – latex gloves, protective face masks and tissues – in a proper manner instead of strewn in supermarket parking lots in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Mayor Thomas Lankey issued a statement about illegally dumping trash on April 1, calling in “simply unacceptable.”

“We recognize that these are unprecedented times, but I am asking for everyone to take into consideration the people working at our supermarkets and grocery stores and please refrain from dropping trash in the parking lots of these essential businesses,” he said. “People all over town are working together to try and protect themselves, their families, their friends and their neighbors.”

Lankey said the community is “fortunate to have some of these same friends and neighbors willing to work to keep essential businesses open.”

“I am simply asking for everyone’s cooperation in being mindful of not only the inconvenience, but also any potential contamination issues possibly associated with having to clean discarded latex gloves, protective face masks and tissues from these businesses’ parking lots,” he said. “Now, more than ever, we need to respect the fact that many are making sacrifices to serve our community and we all need to do our part to not increase that burden.”

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