Press Release from The NJ DEP:
TRENTON -- All beaches on Long Beach Island have been reopened this morning following cleanup of litter and debris and inspections by the Long Beach Island Health Department and Department of Environmental Protection. The beaches had been closed Saturday because about 50 syringes were mixed in with the litter, debris and bay grasses that washed up along a large stretch of the island.
The local health department and DEP advise the public that more debris could wash up today. The public is advised to contact a lifeguard or contact local police if any syringes are observed. The public may also call the DEP hotline at 877-WARN DEP.
The wash-ups occurred as the result of discharges from stormwater control systems. Heavy rain last week coupled with extreme high tides caused the systems to overflow. Syringes are sometimes found in these discharges.