2014-03-19 – ANJHHWC Meeting Minutes

ANJHHWC Meeting – Eco Complex, Burlington County, NJ

March 19, 2014

Welcome and Introductions

ANJHHWC President JoAnn Gemenden called the meeting to order shortly after 10am and welcomed everyone to the meeting at the Eco Complex in Burlington County. She commented that it was good to see so many people attend the meeting and it was especially nice to see some people come back that haven’t been active with the ANJHHWC in quite some time.  JoAnn inquired as to the reason for the re-emergence of some of the old faces to the group, whether it was the E-waste issue or the potential to pass paint legislation in NJ, but there seemed to be no consensus on renewed interest.  In any case, JoAnn expressed her pleasure to see such strong participation in our meeting.

Approval of Minutes 

  • A motion was made to approve the minutes from the July 24, 2013 meeting.  There were no comments on the minutes. This motion was seconded and approved by all with no objections.
  • A motion was made to approve the minutes from the November 6, 2013 meeting.  Melinda Williams pointed out a typo in the 2nd paragraph.  Mr. Gindoff stated he would correct the typo, “meting” instead of “meeting” and if the minutes were approved, he would post them on the Association’s website, NJHazWaste.com.  In consideration of correcting the aforementioned typo, a motion to approve the minutes made and then was seconded and approved by all with no objections.

Treasure’s Report

Treasurer Chris Sikorski provided the Treasurer’s Report.  He stated for 2014, the ANJHHWC has taken in $2,300 in dues and that we haven’t yet received membership vouchers from Morris Ocean and Passaic Counties.  He also reported the ANJHHWC’s account balance is currently $19,341.30.  JoAnn reminded everyone that with membership comes one free lunch during the ANJHHWC’s holiday meeting at the end of the year.

Regarding membership, JoAnn mentioned that beginning with the next meeting, ANJHHWC will charge a non-member fee of $35 to attend a meeting.  JoAnn also discussed the issue of ANJHHWC getting a Business Registration Certificate (BRC)  in that some counties have trouble paying the ANJHHWC membership dues because the Association is not in possession of a BRC.  Chris stated he will look into how to obtain a BRC and its associated costs.

PaintCare Update

JoAnn mentioned the ANJHHWC formed a 10-person paint committee to review the proposed NJ legislation in conjunction with analyzing existing paint legislations in other states.  Tthe ANJHHWC has been working with PaintCare representatives to incorporate ANJHHWC comments and concerns in the NJ’s upcoming paint recycling bills.  JoAnn reported that final amendments to NJ’s legislation were submitted to Paint Care a week ago; she distributed copies to all attendees.

JoAnn asked Ed Waters, Director of Governmental Affairs for the NJ Chemistry Council, to provide an update on the PaintCare legislation.  He reported that both the Senate and Assembly versions of the bills were reintroduced in 2014 by Senator Beach as S.4120 and by Assemblywoman Spencer as A.1603.  Ed stated these bills were initially reintroduced without the changes contemplated and requested by the ANJHHWC, but Ed stated he would bring our proposed changes to the legislators and he would anticipate that they would amend the bills with the requested updated language in the form of committee amendments.  He didn’t expect our comments to encounter too much resistance with respect to being incorporated in final versions of the legislation.

While the bill was reintroduced, he stated trying to get these bills posted is their next effort. Ed requested ANJHHWC members work on endorsement letters regarding the legislation from both individual county members as well as one encompassing endorsement letter coming from the ANJHHWC.  Additionally, helping obtain co-sponsorship for the bills would be helpful.  Ed requested help from members in finding co-sponsors for these bills potentially by local legislators they are in contact with that serve on the appropriate committees. Ed felt this support in finding co-sponsors would help the paint legislation move along more quickly.  Ed read the list of legislators on the appropriate committees to see if anyone at ANJHHWC has any connections with any of the legislators as potential co-sponsors.

When asked about who may oppose the legislation, Ed stated he has no idea who would oppose it.  He mentioned potentially retailers may be against or neutral to the bill.  Short of that, Ed doesn’t expect too much resistance to its passing.  Ed’s group will try to line up other groups to support the bill.  Guy Watson, NJDEP, stated he envisions support from the state but without first seeing the language, he cannot say how exactly they will or will not support it.  Ed stated he would like state support directly from the Governor’s office that would make it the easiest for eventual adoption.  If passed in 2014, it will probably be another year until the program begins to get implemented.  JoAnn asked Ed to send an email to her as current ANJHHWC President asking the Association  to send a letter in support of the bill to both the Senate and Assembly.

Electronics

JoAnn mentioned she recently spoke to Steve Glenwick from Electronic Recyclers International (ERI) on the telephone (646-599-3322 Steve.Glenwick@electronicsrecyclers.com).   Steve claimed ERI to be one of the market share leaders with OEMs throughout USA and he is now reaching out to NJ to offer electronics recycling services.  ERI does not have a processing facility in NJ but have an E-waste consolidation center in Saddle Brook, NJ.  JoAnn was a bit wary that ERI would reach out to a county who currently is not experiencing an E-waste management issue, as opposed to those in dire need in South Jersey.  Steve assured her that ERI was also working to assist them and actually was meeting with Cape May on that day.

JoAnn opened the discussion up to others, including vendors.  John Matorano, Jr. with Magnum Recycling stated in the past, all Magnum’s seven county customers in South Jersey had their E-waste recycled with the support of ERI and their OEMs for whom they recycle E-waste on behalf of.  John stated that in the past Magnum received financial support from ERI, but ERI dropped their level of support for Magnum and/or offered him terms that didn’t make business sense for Magnum.  John claimed the new terms from ERI would result in a contract that was not economically sustainable from Magnum’s perspective.  John did state he was able to recycle the bulk of Magnum’s stockpile with ERI under the old onerous contract, but he is now trying to get back on board with ERI to work once again with Magnum under better terms.

Much of this discussion regarding OEM support of the E-waste recycling programs was covered in a meeting dedicated to E-waste last week sponsored by ANJR.  From that recent meeting as well as previous meetings where the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) presented its positions, many members were not pleased with the CEA response to issues and problems encountered in New Jersey.  JoAnn reiterated the inaccuracy of  the drop off site lists on both CEA’s and DEP’s websites.  The claim that there is more than 600 drop off sites is greatly exaggerated as there is duplication and misinformation.  Discussion ensued about the best way to maintain an accurate list.  Guy reported that 2014 plans are coming into the DEP now and he suggested that the DEP assemble the list based on all the manufacturer plans and then forward the proposed drop-off sites lists to the ANJHHWC for review.

The matter of the list being majorly wrong is just one of the issues with the program.  CEA claims the intent of the law was for the public and private sectors to form a partnership, but the law clearly states that it is the private sector that is responsible for implementing and paying for E-waste recycling in NJ.   JoAnn maintains the preamble of the law makes a reference to the public sector to encourage OEM’s to work in conjunction with the current infrastructure when they developed their plans.

On a broader issue, Guy stated he is really concerned with R2 and/or E-stewards and the facilities they certify.  Guy is concerned that TV/monitor glass will one day be disposed of in landfills because it can be acceptable as a management option in R2’s certification if there is no other viable recycling market for the glass.  Guy is concerned about R2 proposing the acceptance of the use of glass as alternate daily landfill cover, if the glass meets TCLP thresholds so it can be classified to be non-hazardous.  This type of approval been approved in Illinois and may be in contradiction to NJ law that prohibits the landfilling of E-waste.

New Types of Electronic Car Batteries

Reenee Casapulla of Sussex County brought in a new show and tell item, a new type of large lithium battery from a car or motorized vehicle which weighs over 11 pounds.  She expressed her concern that these new types of non-recyclable lithium batteries may become an issue for HHW events in the future.  John Matorano explained there are a variety of lithium batteries types and Call-2-Recycle only will accept lithium ion batteries which this is not.  John Tekin of Radiac Reseach stated this type of car battery is unacceptable in the Call-2-Recycle program but should be disposable with household hazardous waste.  These batteries probably have no recycling value but can be accepted and disposed of as hazardous waste in small quantities.  If anyone had a large quantity of these to dispose of, it make take some research to find the best means to dispose of them, but a few batteries here and there can be appropriately lab-packed for disposal during an HHW event.

HHW Vendor Update:

John from Magnum stated that Magnum has obtained support from a manufacturer and anticipates passing the vetting process from another manufacturer in the near future.  If that comes to fruition, John feels everything will get back to normal, or at least back to the place Magnum was in before September 2013.  He is back to  working with his southern counties and municipalities.  He closed by stating he appreciates those counties that have stood with Magnum through these trying times.  John feels a “Sustainable Contract” is what is needed to make the program sustainable.

John Tekin, Radiac Research, stated Radiac has executed several contract renewals with counties in NJ as well as performing a lot of work in Long Island.  He mentioned Radiac recently began a contract to operate the permanent facility at Monmouth County.  He stated challenging waste streams like the one brought up by Reenee keep popping up and make the work interesting.

Discussion began regarding the proposed PaintCare legislation.  People discussed how a new law may impact contracting and bidding by counties as they solicit HHW work that may or may not include a variety of services regarding paint management as part of their HHW contracts.

Greg Wade of Wade Disposal stated his company been focusing primarily on universal waste stream recycling based out of their Pennsylvania facility.  They are looking to develop a permanent site in Pennsylvania to also handle E-waste.  In New Jersey, Wade continues to manage large quantities of scrap metal.

County Updates:

There were no county updates.

Medicine Management 

To close the meeting, there was mention of the April 26, 2014 National Take Back Prescription Drug Day.  In addition, it was mentioned how there are now other options for full-time drop-off of prescription medicines available in all 21 counties.  It was also stated that we are surprised and yet glad we are that this expansion drop-off opportunities for medicines occurred.

Nomination Committee of ANJHHWC for Officers

Fred Stanger presented the ANJHHWC’s Nomination Committee’s recommendation regarding the slate of officers it is recommending for election.  Fred mentioned that the bylaws only allow board members to serve in their current capacity for 3 concurrent years.  Since JoAnn, Diana and Larry have served in their position as President, Vice President and Secretary respectively for the past three years, a change is required.  Fred also mentioned the bylaws allow for Treasurer to remain longer than three years so changing of address forwarding information doesn’t have to happen as often as the board members change.

The nominating committee nominated the following slate of officers for 2014: Daniel Napoleon for President, JoAnn Gemenden for Vice President, Diana Vigilante for Secretary and Chris Sikorski to remain as Treasurer.  Fred thanked the previous board for serving and expressed his appreciation on behalf of all members.  Fred next asked if there were any other nominations from the floor for consideration and there were none.  A motion was made to consider the election of the slate of officers as proposed by the nominating committee.  This motion was seconded and approved by all without objections. Daniel thanked everyone for their support and in his first official action, he asked for a motion to adjourn the meeting.  The motion was made and seconded and approved by all without objection.

Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 11:45.

2014-04-26 – Unused Medicine Disposal – The DEA’s National Take Back Initiative

National Take Back Initiative
April 26, 2014, 10:00-2:00

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has scheduled another National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day which will take place on Saturday, April 26, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This is a great opportunity for those who missed the previous events, or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of those medications.

Click here (http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html)  to go to the the DEA’s website and to look up a drop-off site for unused or expired medicines near you.  This drop-off site listing will be available starting April 1, 2014 but in the past, drop-off locations have been located at many police stations throughout New Jersey.

Save the Date for the March 19, 2014 Spring ANJHHWC Meeting at the Eco Complex, Bordentown, NJ

Please Mark Your Calendars
It may not feel like it, but spring is just around the corner.  The ANJHHWC will be holding its 2014 spring meeting on: Wednesday, March 19, 2014.

It will take place at:
Rutgers Eco Complex, Environmental Research and Extension Center
120 Florence-Columbus Road
Bordentown, NJ 08505-4200

AGENDA – Items for discussion during the meeting are still being considered.  Please forward any items you would like to see on the agenda to ANJHHWC President Joann Gemenden at jgemenden@ucnj.org.

anjhhwc_2013appicationIf you haven’t sent in your 2014 membership renewal, we ask that you please consider doing so.  Click here  for a copy of the the membership form.  Feel free to use the 2013 membership form until the 2014 version is provided.

2013-11-06 – ANJHHWC Meeting Minutes

Date and Location:

  • November 6, 2013
  • Lunchetos, Millstone, NJ

Call To Order:

Joann Gemenden called the meeting to order at 10:43.  Joann said the topic must be important since this is the largest meeting in a very long time.  All participants at the meeting introduced themselves.

Approval of Minutes:

Minutes will be put on the web from the July 24, 2013 meeting held in Trenton.  The approval of such minutes will need to attended to at the next meeting

Treasure’s Report:

Chris Sikorski provided a Treasurer’s Report.  He stated $18,051.70 is the current balance as of the date of the meeting.  Chris mentioned that National Bulb became our newest member and the current balance reflects their membership dues being deposited into the account..  Chris finally stated that the association will be providing one free lunch for each member at this meeting.

Paintcare Paint Recycling Legislation :

Alison Keane, Vice President of American Coating Association (ACA), which was entity that created Paintcare, provided an overview of the proposed paint recycling program.  She explained ACA is an advocacy associations for the paint vendors/industries in the U.S.  The ACA represent about 95% of paint manufacturers in the U.S and there is no other group like them in the U.S.

Today’s discussion is about architectural paint, the type of paint likely to be covered by the proposed paint recycling legislation.  Paintcare gets involved in the recycling of the paint.  Alison stated NJ’s traditionof latex paint drying is not practical and a pain in the butt and doesn’t lead to the recycling of paint.

In 2003, the ACA started to address the issue of paint recycling.  This type of product stewardship program was running in Canada and helped provide the template for the legislation being adopted at the state level all around the U.S.  The paint industry saw the writing on the wall that stewardship programs would be established and unless Paintcare designed and implemented the programs themselves, they may be forced to participate in and pay for programs they don’t believe in.  In 2009, Paintcare formed as a nonprofit organization.  Paintcare personnel operate the programs and implement them whereas ACA is still only an advocacy group, separate from Paintcare.

Alison opines that legislation is needed because voluntary participation isn’t a model that works.  The mandate and regulation is needed in that they  also provide a sustainable financing system to keep the program going.  There is also an anti-trust element to the legislation, allowing for one company (Paintcare) to do this work on behalf of the consumers.  Therefore the state agencies must enforce the program and the program must be approved by NJDEP, as part of the anti-trust exemptions elements of the legislation.  Additionally, there is a annual reporting and audit requirement to make everything transparent.  In the rest of the country, programs are scheduled to come online in 2014 in Maine, Minnesota, Rhode Island and Vermont. They hope 2015 for NJ if the legislation gets passed.

During implementation, Paintcare will reach out to the entities that currently do the work and Paintcare’s program will try to fit in to whatever the current situation is locally with providing funding for the handling of the covered paints.  They will start with a “do no disturb” motto to try to make it work best as the program establishes itself.  They will also begin working with retailers.  They will fill in the gaps with retail drop-off locations.  Paintcare programs have traditionally accepted latex from businesses while NJ programs have not.  This is an issue we will have to work out with the counties that preclude businesses.  Paintcare will even potentially pickup directly from businesses with large quantities.  They anticipate working with the HHW vendors we work with in NJ, that is who they anticipate contracting with in NJ.

With respect to education, they will either do a soft or a full blown launch of the program, it is up to us.  If there is a lot of pent up demand, they will do paint only events before barraging municipal programs with all the pent up paint programs.

The status of paint legislation was asked.  Alison replied that there are two bills introduced, one in the Senate (Beach) S.2958 and Spencer in Assembly (A-4470). She noted that after the election, we sill have these sponsors, so we are happy about this.   Senator Beach has been waiting to do this quickly.  These bills will probably be heard during beginning of 2014, as opposed to during 2013 lame duck session.

Of note, in Oregon latex paint gets recycled, but we are not sure it will happen in NJ.  There is some hope this program will invigorate the recycled paint market locally once established.  Oil-based is always recycled and used for fuel blending.  Paintcare will be looking to recycle the latex paint and would not want to incinerate it as it will seek the highest use for recycling the materials.

With respect to retailer participation, Lowes does not currently collect anything and they have a problem with the program in that they do not want to become a recycling facility.  They are forced to do so in Canada but don’t participate in these programs in the U.S.  Alison prefers pushing people to small paint retailers like Sherwin Williams, Benjamin Moore, Ace, etc. as opposed to the big box stores just to give them the foot traffic.  Joann mentioned that outdoor storage is sometimes difficult for small stores like this. Alison says they do frequent pickups to handle these situations. Many of the ANJHHWC member’s concerns regarding the pending legislation are in response to the problems currently going on the NJ’s E-waste programs.  Members asked for ACA to consider also including aerosols and marine paints in the list of covered paints, since these are generated residentially, especially down the shore.  She said aerosols are likely to be added in the future and they will look into marine coatings as more east cost states come on board.

Joann thanks Alison fortraveling to our meeting and providing us with such a comprehensive update.  Joann thinks our next step is to propose some modifications so we can have a unified support of a bill.

Adjournment:

The meeting was adjourned at 12:30pm

November 6, 2013 Fall Meeting – Millstone Twp, NJ

HHW Paint at Police Academy 086Please Mark Your Calendars

The ANJHHWC will be holding its 2013 Fall meeting on: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 10:30 a.m.

It will take place at:
Luncheto’s Ristorante
520  State Route 33
Millstown Township, NJ  08535
See directions below:

For those that need a formal invitation to print and submit in order to facilitate payment and registration.  Use the attached PDF linked below as a registration form.  ANJHHWC 11-6-13 Meeting Invitation

Agenda

10:30 a.m.

  • Continental Breakfast
  • President’s Update
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Chemistry Council of NJ (representing Paint Care) discuss the current status of Paint Legislation in NJ.
  • Vendor’s Update
  • Coordinator Program Reports

12:30 p.m.  -Lunch buffet and networking

Buffet lunch will be provided immediately following the meeting. The  meeting cost including lunch is as follows:

  • $30/person – Current ANJHHWC Memeber
  • $40/person – non-ANJHHWC Member
  • One Free Lunch – Members are entitled to have one representative attend at no cost.

Directions to:
Luncheto’s Ristorante
520  State Route 33
Millstown Township, NJ  08535

From the N.J. Turnpike:

  1. Take exit 8, ramp right for RT-133 W toward Freehold / Hightstown – 1.3 mi
  2. Turn right onto RT-33 E/Franklin Street – 5.6 mi
  3. Bear right, and then bear right onto Woodville Rd / CR-527 ALT – 0.1 mi
  4. Bear left onto RT-33 W – 0.8 mi
  5. Arrive at Luchento’s Ristorante, 520 State Route 33

From the North on the Garden State Parkway:

  1. At exit 100A, take ramp on right and keep straight onto RT-66
  2. Follow directions from Step 2 in the below directions from the south. 

From the South on the Garden State Parkway:

  1. At exit 100 B, take ramp on right and keep straight onto RT-66 W
  2. Roadway changes from RT66 W to RT-33 W
  3. Keep straight on RT-33 W for approximately 16-20 miles and arrive at Luchento’s Ristorante, 520 State Route 33.