Save the Date for the March 31, 2015 Spring ANJHHWC Meeting in Ewing, NJ

Please Mark Your Calendars
It may not feel like it, but spring is just around the corner.  The ANJHHWC spring meeting (including lunch) will be held at 11am on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at:

Mountain View Golf Course
850 Bear Tavern Road
Ewing Township, NJ 08628
http://www.golfmercercounty.com/contactus/

  • 2015_ANJHHWC-Membership-FormAgenda: Items for discussion during the meeting are still being considered.  Please forward any items you would like to see on the agenda to Diana Vigilante at vigilant@co.somerset.nj.us.
  • By-Laws Amendment:  Please E-mail Diana Vigilante your vote of approval or rejection on the by-laws amendment before Feb. 23. Click here to read the proposed by-laws amendment which was first read on December 9, 2014 when all members approved the amendment.
  • Membership: If you haven’t sent in your 2015 membership renewal, we ask that you please consider doing so.   Click here for a copy of the the 2015 membership form. Please complete & submit the membership form before the spring meeting or you will pay a non-membership meeting fee of $30.00.

2014-12-09 Meeting Minutes

Association of New Jersey Household Hazardous Waste Coordinators Meeting
December 9, 2014
Revere Ristorante Italiano – 10:30am

Welcome and Introductions

ANJHHWC President Daniel Napoleon called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone. Meeting began with self-introductions.
A motion was made to approve the minutes from the September 24, 2014 meeting. Minutes were approved by Ron Berenato and second by Larry Gindoff. There were no comments on the minutes. Motion was approved by all without objection.

Treasurer’s Report

Chris Sikorski provided the Treasurer’s report. He reported the ANJHHWC’s account balance is currently $20,158.13… the report was accepted by the membership. Chris stated dues are coming in for next year.

By Law Changes

JoAnn Gemenden presented the proposal to amend the by-laws. Non-members were getting the same benefits as members… thus the proposal is to charge a non-member meeting fee. A motion was made by Larry Gindoff and second by Monica Gismondi to move forward with the by-law modification. Motion was approved by all without objection.

Waste in Crisis

  • Paint Care – Ed Waters and Marie Clarke spoke on the current issues with Paint Care. Ed stated there was a successful meeting with the Assembly sponsor. They are waiting on the Senate to take action. The Senate President is willing to take action and is in full support. They hope to move bill in the Senate within the next couple of months. The next step is to amend and send to the Governor’s desk. A suggestion was made to re-send another letter to Senator Smith and Assemblywoman Spencer.
  • Food Waste – Wayne DeFeo stated the bill is in limbo. The hearing did not go well and there was a lot of opposition. He stated Lesniak has proposed another bill. Wayne mentioned the internal debate is “Are there markets?”
  • E-Waste – Fred Stanger, Ron Berenato and Brian Costantino attended the e-waste meeting with Senator Smith. Fred stated the Senator is in favor of modifying the current law to mirror the Connecticut model. They need to reach out to three other legislators and meet with them individually. They are McKeon, Spencer and Gusciora. There is a 50/50 chance of this law being signed by the Governor. Class D recyclers like the Connecticut law….as Connecticut requires all (no quotas) covered electronics collected for recycling, along with the full and true cost of recycling, being covered by the manufacturers.

    Guy Watson stated there were several meetings with the Attorney General office and an e-mail blast would be going out to all towns/counties. All contracts would include certification with their plan for no charge on any covered electronic devices. He also mentioned they were upping the per capita goal for 2015 shifting more of the burden to the manufacturers (57 million pounds for 2015 compared to 55 million pounds in 2014). The return share sampling has not worked. They will work out the Scope of Work. Jeff Friedman is putting together a data base to track information on a quarterly basis.

Things for 2015

Dan Napoleon stated for the good of the organization, ANJHHWC would like to work more with other boards (SWANA, ANJR, etc.). We need to have a more active role in regards to relationships with our business partners. ANJHHWC will also explore website enhancement to be more user friendly.

Vendor Appreciation

JoAnn Gemenden and Dan Napoleon gave out certificates of appreciation to all businesses that support ANJHHWC. A group picture was taken and will be posted on the ANJHHWC website.

Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 1:40pm. It was motioned by Fred Stanger and second by Ron Berenato.

Save the Date for the December 9, 2014 Holiday ANJHHWC Meeting

Please Mark Your Calendars
Time keeps on slipping, slipping into the future and the ANJHHWC will be holding its 2014 Holiday Meeting on:
Tuesday, December 9, 2014.

Click here for a copy of the invitation to the Dec. 9, 2014 Holiday meeting.

It will take place at:
Revere Ristorante Italiano
802 River Road
West Trenton, NJ 08628
609-882-6365
http://www.revereristorante.com/

All County and Commercial Members are entitled to have one representative attend at no cost.

AGENDA – Items for discussion during the meeting are still being considered.  Please forward items for the agenda to Diana Vigilante at vigilant@co.somerset.nj.us

 

2014-09-24 Meeting Minutes

Association of New Jersey Household Hazardous Waste Coordinators Meeting
September 24, 2014
Duke Farms – 10:00am

Welcome and Introductions

ANJHHWC President Daniel Napoleon called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone. Meeting began with self-introductions.

Welcome & Duke Farms History and Emerging Priorities

Nora Wagner, Director of Programs at Duke Farms and Kathleen Kincaid, Operations Coordinator gave an overview on the environmental stewardship and history of Duke Farms.  The property covers 2,700 acres as well as 18 miles of trails and 27 endangered species.

Paint Care Update & New Legislation – Ed Waters

Ed Waters, Director of Governmental Affairs for the NJ Chemistry Council provided an update on the Paint Care legislation.  He reported the bill has been released with five yes votes and no votes against it.  There will be a meeting on September 29 to review what retailers have come up with regarding the bill.  Small retailers have given a very positive support of the bill.  Ed is working with Senator Beach to get the bill through the Senate. Somerset County’s Senator Kip Bateman has signed on to the bill.  Ed also noted Lowe’s and Home Depot are not on board with this bill.

NJDEP / Electronics Update – John Purves / Dana Lawson

Dana Lawson

Dana Lawson reported NJDEP met with electronic manufacturers on August 6th.  She said manufacturers maintain that municipalities are hiring the wrong recyclers.  NJDEP met with enforcement on September 12th to discuss developing a fee structure.  There was a meeting with the Assistant Commissioner regarding municipalities that are about to pay for 2015 collections.  Dana said to let Guy Watson know if we are paying for collections.  An updated collection list for edits was sent to ANJR and Dana asked County’s to update their section.  Dana reported each manufacturer was asked to give a collection total for their site and enforcement will be contacting the manufacturers. 

John Purves, Attorney

John Purves reported that he met with DEP reps and stated a change is needed and manufacturers need to be more responsible for NJ’s electronics program.  He met with Commissioner Martin on September 23rd and noted once again that legislative changes are needed.  He is pushing for a change in law and different costs in 2015.  There were no commitments for costs or weights from the manufacturers.  John suggested ANJHHWC write a letter to the Commissioner/Assistant Commissioner stating that the e-waste program is in trouble and a legislative change is warranted. 

Working Lunch

A motion was made by Ron Berenado and seconded by Monica Gismondi to approve the minutes of the March 19, 2014 meeting. There were no comments on the minutes.  Motion was approved by all without objection.  

Treasure’s Report

Chris Sikorski provided the Treasures Report.  He reported the ANJHHWC’s account balance is currently $20,226.83.  There have been minimal expenses…the report was accepted by the membership.

County drop-off location updates

Counties in attendance each gave brief updates on events pertaining to HHW, tires, paint, e-waste, etc.

Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 1:30pm.  For those interested, there was a brief walking tour on the site until 2:00pm.

Save the Date – September 24, 2014 for the Fall ANJHHWC Meeting at the Duke Farms, Hillsborough, NJ

Please Mark Your Calendars
It may not feel like it, but summer is winding down.  The ANJHHWC will be holding its 2014 fall meeting on: Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 10am.

It will take place at:
Duke Farms, Orientation Center
112 Dukes Parkway West
Hillborough, NJ  08844
www.DukeFarms.org

Directions? – Click here for Google Map

AGENDA – Items for discussion during the meeting are still being considered.  Please forward any items you would like to see on the agenda to Diana Vigilante at  vigilant@co.somerset.nj.us