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2008-12-10 – ANJHHWC Meeting Minutes

Location: Mc Loone’s Rum Runner in Sea Bright

Call to Order – The meeting was opened by President Alain Fortier at 11:45am at Mc Loone’s Rum Runner in Sea Bright. Self-introductions followed.

President Alain Fortier:

  1.  Thanked all for attending the Holiday meeting. 
  2. A brief overview was given by President Fortier and Ron Berenato on the 2008 NAHMMA Conference in Burlington. VT- Oct. 12 -17.  President Fortier and Ron Berenato attended various programs on: Paint recycling, Food Waste, Leaf Composting, Permanent HHW facilities, and the Vermont reused oil collection program. Handouts were made available to all members.
  3. Ron Berenato from the ACUA discussed Boat Flares.  Diane Hulse-Hiller from Marine Extension at Rutgers Cooperative Extension, 1623 Whitesville Rd. in Toms River, NJ 08755 is trying to setup a program. 
  4. President Fortier passed around a book entitled “Handbook of Household Hazardous Waste”.  The membership will review the book before making a recommendation to buy copies for all association members.

Treasurer’s Report: Chris Sikorski reported the account balance at the time of the meeting was $9,668.24 and the most recent expenditures are $1,470 for webmaster services and $367.86 to the association’s president for conference reimbursement.  A motion was made to accept the Treasurer’s Report by Dennis Dematte and seconded by Chuck Giacobb.  The motion passed unanimously. 

Vendor Update- representatives from MXI and Radiac spoke briefly.  MXI is did HHW events for Morris, Bergen & Sussex counties and Radiac reported doing 75 events in NJ & NY.

2001-06-27 and 28 – ANJHHWC Meeting and Conference Minutes

Location: Morris County Muncipal Utilities Authority Offices
Morris Township, NJ
Prepared by Fred Stanger (Hip-Hip double Horay for Fred!!!)

DAY ONE – June 27, 2000

Attendees:

County

  • Rich Baroch, Bergen County
  • Fred Stanger*, Middlesex County
  • Carole Tolmachewich*, Middlesex County
  • Joel Grimm, Monmouth County
  • Laura Macpherson*, Morris County
  • Diana Vigilante, Somerset County
  • John Cannata, Sussex County
  • JoAnn Gemenden, Union County
  • William Carner, Warren County

* indicates ANJHHWC officer

State – NJDEP

  • Robin Heston

Vendor

  • Don Bowman, PSE&G
  • Mike Adelsberger, Safety Kleen/Curbside, Inc.
  • Nina Kaplan, Summit Metals Recovery Corp.
  • Jim Entwistle, Newtech Recycling
  • Kara Kwiatkowski, Newtech Recycling

Laura Macpherson began the meeting at approximately 9:50 a.m. with introductions.

Nina Kaplan – Summit Metals Recovery, Corp.

Summit Metals is based in Jersey City and has been in business for eight years. They recycle approximately 40,000 pounds of circuit board scrap a month. For the past year, they have expanded into the realm of computers and currently have contracts with five NJ counties.

The main goal of Summit Metals is to keep the cost down. They accomplish this mainly by finding markets for re-use of computers, even 286’s.

They use 20 or 40 foot enclosed containers at drop off locations. They can also do one day events. They recently opened a facility (recycling depot) in Kearney, for computer repair and refurbish. In the past they concentrated on partnerships with demanufacturing facilities in California, the Far East and South America, but now concentrate on repairing and refurbishing.

Summit Metals can accept TV’s (negotiable) but does not take refrigerators, microwaves or air conditioners.

You can reach Nina Kaplan at (201) 395-9242 or nkaplan@metalsrecovery.com

Bergen County conducted a one day electronics recovery event during a Paint Only day. Summit Metals recovered three trucks, (24 foot), which equated to 18 tons of material from approximately 1,000 people and between 4 and 5 schools.

ANJHHWC Video Update

WJMK, Inc. who produces the series called American Environmental Review (AER) has indicated a draft will be ready to review for technical accuracy by the end of June. Once received, a date will be scheduled and a notice sent to those that have expressed interest in reviewing the draft.

Media Outreach

Ellie Arnould-Tomb who has spearheaded the media outreach campaign was unable to attend the meeting. It appears that a significant portion of the outreach campaign will happen in 2001 including HHW awareness month. Anyone with ideas and/or interest are encouraged to get involved. Please contact Ellie at (973) 305-5738 or e-mail arnould@idt.net

Along similar lines, Lorraine Graves of the US EPA Region II is interested in developing outreach techniques at multiple levels of govt. and is interested in working with several NJ counties to act as models. If interested, please contact Lorraine at (212) 637-4099 or graves.lorraine@epamail.epa.gov

Newsletter

Yes it’s that time again. The newsletter subcommittee has selected article ideas including County Summary, demanufacturing and County Spotlight, with Somerset or Sussex as the highlighted county. Those interested in writing articles or those with ideas, please contact Carole Tolmachewich at(732) 745-4170 or mcdswm@superlink.net

National Conference

Since this year the “Hazardous Materials Management Conference on Household, Small Business and Universal Wastes”, is scheduled for November 12-16, 2000 to take place at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel in Boston, MA., ANJHHWC is interested in looking into a van pool and perhaps having a booth during the conference. A booth would cost $450. For more details visit www.swana.org or contact Deanna Seaman of NAHMMA at (302) 369-5912 or nahmma1@aol.com

Vendor Chat

  • Mike Adelsberger reported that Safety Kleen/Curbside Inc. has new contracts in Dallas TX , Pennsylvania and in Louisiana beginning in Sept. For more info. please contact Mike at (757) 824-0744 or madelsberger@safety-kleen.com
  • Kara Kwiatkowski reported that Newtech Recycling Inc. was visited by NJ TV12. Their facility was filmed and interviews were conducted including Robin Heston of the DEP. The piece aired on June 30th at 6 p.m. For more information or copies of the video please contact Kara at (732) 469-9774 or kara@newtechrecycling.com

NJDEP Update

Robin Heston handed out updated lists on DEP letterhead of companies that are involved with: Management of Spent Computers and CRT’s (Computer Monitors) in New Jersey and Management of Spent Mercury-Containing Lamps & Other Hazardous Waste Lamps in New Jersey. The proposed rules to modify NJ’s universal waste rule are anticipated before the end of the year. The current Solid and Hazardous Waste regulations which expire in May of 2001 are being re-adopted. The opportunities for comments have been on going. Robin also suggested holding a seminar on computers after the rules have been adopted (in regards to Class D facilities). Everyone thought this would be beneficial. You can reach Robin at (609) 292-8341 or rheston@dep.state.nj.us

County Update

  • Morris: Had to cancel their first scheduled HHW event (due to re-bidding). Had a one day event on May 13 and had 280 people. Clean Venture/Cycle Chem was the vendor at $43,000. (extra cost for PCB’s). Permanent facility – Onyx is the contractor at 58 cents / pound for all materials (minus recyclables like used motor oil, car batteries, etc.) and set up fees of $458.57 for Friday and $558.47 on Saturdays. Now accepting computers and computer monitors at the site – Newtech Recycling Inc.is the vendor. For more details contact Laura Macpherson at (973) 631-5109 or vicepresident@njhazwaste.com
  • Monmouth: Still short 2 techs at the permanent facility. They have appointments booked 2 weeks in advanced. They take about 22 appointments per day. Freehold Cartage is the vendor for latex paint, All State Power Vac is the vendor for lab packs and Clean Harbors is the vendor for bulk. Latex paint must be incinerated, and American Refuel stopped taking it. Still hold two one-day events, one in the Spring, one in the Fall.  For more details contact Joel Grimm or Alain Fortier at (732) 922-2234 or e-mail Alain at afortier@shore.co.monmouth.nj.us
  • Union: Hold three events in the Spring, and three in the fall with average participation rates of 500 – 600 cars per event. Current contractor is Clean Venture/Cycle Chem at $35/car. School waste is accepted but they charge on a pre pound basis. They bid the batteries, used motor oil and oil filters separately. Grant money ran out, so they re-worked the contract and reduced the used motor oil price from $1.25 / gallon to 30 cents / gallon. Mixed dry cell batteries is somewhere around 72 cents / pound. For more details contact JoAnn Gemenden at (908) 654-9890 or jgemenden@unioncountynj.org
  • Bergen: Currently hold three paint and paint related products only, and two HHW events per year. Had 2 paint only days with approx. 1400 cars combined, at $23,885 per event. Radiac Environmental Services is the contractor. Clean Venture/Cycle Chem is the current contractor for the HHW events at approx. $27 / car with no set up fee. They are looking at the possibility of a permanent facility. For more details contact Rich Baroch at (201) 807-8696
  • Warren: Two HHW events a year yield around 300 cars per event. Radiac Environmental Services is the current contractor at $12,450 / event. Warren built into the contract four renewable options, meaning they can renew the contract at the end of each year for four years without having to re-bid. Doing away with pre registration has yielded new participants (confidentiality issues). Latex paint is collected at the County recycling center for re-blending. Used motor oil is separate from HHW also. No propane tanks accepted. They also sort all of the mixed dry cell batteries collected throughout the county once a week, and Radiac takes the sorted batteries at no charge. For more details contact Bill Carner at (908) 475-3601.
  • Middlesex: Sponsors seven one-day HHW events. Has held 3 so far with 1,815 participants at $25,880 per event (avg. $56.26 per car). Radiac Environmental Services is the contractor. Propane tanks and other compressed gas cylinders are accepted, as well as fluorescent lamps. A permanent paint/paint related materials management program continues to operate. A total of eight drop off sites are used, 2 being open each weekend, once per month on a rotating scheduled Saturday. The current contractor is Focus Recycling Systems. A total of 25,126 pounds of material has been collected between Jan – May, 2000. Approx. 25% of the latex portion of paint collected is recycled. The cost is .3699 cents / pound. Home Collection program (for HHW) geared toward seniors who are disabled continues to operate. A new contract with Curbside Inc. will be awarded in July, 2000. The County pays for the first 100 seniors/disabled pick ups. The County pays $50 toward the first 100 other user pick ups. For more details contact Fred Stanger at (732) 745-4170 or mcdswm@superlink.net
  • Somerset: Holds four one-day HHW events per year at four different locations. Has held two events so far with 1,300 participants. Radiac Environmental Services is the current contractor at $28.00 / car. May hold five events next year. Continue to collect dry cell batteries curbside, along with recyclables every other week for all 21 municipalities. In 1999 they collected 30,000 pounds of mixed dry cells. They also take used motor oil, antifreeze and tires at the County recycling center (in Bridgewater) once a month on each first Saturday. 
    They send residents with computers directly to Newtech. For more details contact Diana Vigilante at (908) 231-7681 or vigilant@co.somerset.nj.us
  • Gloucester: Holds eight one-day events per year, six at one location and two at another. Clean Venture/Cycle Chem is the vendor for this year, the first in a three year contract. Disposal prices per pound include:
    • Paint and paint related products: .30
    • Fluorescent Tubes: .22
    • Ballasts: .60
    • Lead Acid Batteries: No charge
    • All other Batteries: .40
    • Waste Oil: .02
    • Antifreeze: .11
    • Propane and other Gas Cyl.: .22
    • All Other HHW: .37
  • They require recycling and/or reuse of materials whenever possible. The first four events this year have resulted in 1,636 participants.

Next Meeting – The next (3rd Quarter) meeting is scheduled to take place in Somerset County on Wednesday September 20, 2000. Mark your calendars now.

After lunch Laura gave those interested a tour of the Morris County permanent HHW facility.

DAY TWO – June 28, 2000

Attendees

County

  • Rich Baroch, Bergen County
  • Ken Atkinson*, Gloucester County
  • Fred Stanger*, Middlesex County
  • Laura Macpherson*, Morris County
  • Diana Vigilante, Somerset County
  • John Cannata, Sussex County

Mary Jo Kennelly of Clean Venture/Cycle Chem provided a refresher training course regarding DOT regulations covering topics such as filling out manifest forms, labeling, placarding and emergency response. It was an excellent opportunity to brush up on the regulations and ask detailed questions.

Mary Jo can be reached at (856) 365-5544.

2001-03-01 – ANJHHWC Re-Organization Meeting Minutes

Location: Somerville, Somerset County, NJ.
Prepared by Fred Stanger (Hip-Hip double Horay for Fred!!!)

Attendees

County

  • Rich Baroch, Bergen County
  • Mark Vangieri, Bergen County
  • Fred Stanger*, Middlesex County
  • Carole Tolmachewich, Middlesex County
  • Joel Grimm, Monmouth County
  • Greg Hulse, Monmouth County
  • Larry Gindoff, Morris County
  • Laura Macpherson*, Morris County
  • Ellie Arnould – Tomb, Passaic County
  • Diane DeSanto, Passaic County
  • Diana Vigilante*, Somerset County
  • John Cannata, Sussex County
  • JoAnn Gemenden, Union County
  • Marian Swiontkowski, Union County

* indicates ANJHHWC officer

State – NJDEP

  • Robin Heston
  • Guy Watson
  • Frank Coolick
  • Dana Silverberg

Vendor

  • Greg Voorhees, Envirocycle
  • Dave Zimet, HESSTECH
  • Shane Thompson, INMETCO
  • Ed Nevins, JVC
  • Kara Kwiatkowski, Newtech
  • Gary Wohler, PSE&G

Other

  • Priscilla Hayes, NJ Solid Waste Policy Group, Rutgers University
  • Lisa Drake, NJ Commerce – Sustainable Business Office
  • Janet Cox, INFORM

Diana Vigilante began the meeting at approximately 9:50 a.m. with introductions.

Election of Officers

The following officers were elected:

  • Ken Atkinson re-elected at President
  • Diana Vigilante elected as Vice President
  • Laura Macpherson elected as Treasurer
  • Fred Stanger re-elected as Secretary

Congratulations officers! A special thank you to the dedicated service of Carole Tolmachewich who kept the books in order as Treasurer for the past three years.

Consumer Electronics – Take Back Proposal:

David Thompson of Panasonic and Frank Marella of Sharp gave a joint presentation regarding the idea of implementing a take back program for consumer electronics. The basic premise is that participating manufacturers will pay the cost to recycle their own brands of consumer electronics and it will be the responsibility of the government (at the various levels) to collect and transport the residentially generated material to the approved demanufacturing vendor(s) identified by the participating manufacturers.

The primary focus of the program is to capture and recycle CRT’s including TV’s and flat panel displays. The program will not include white goods, batteries or fluorescent lamps.

Issues to consider:

  • Identify the most problematic (toxic) consumer electronics and make sure the proposed program includes the items identified.
  • Some counties already have programs in place to recover consumer electronics.
  • We don’t want to undermine or under utilize the existing NJ based demanufacturers.
  • Consider developing a zero export policy (of whole units).
  • What to do with the other brands of consumer electronics that are collected, but not part of the program
  • The cost to transport to Envirocycle – the identified end market.

Another presentation will occur at the NJ DEP on Thursday April 5th where the county Solid Waste Coordinators and Recycling Coordinators will hear the program details.

Dry Cell Battery Recycling – Shane Thompson of INMETCO

Shane Thompson brought to ANJHHWC brochures and showed a 10 minute video demonstrating the recycling process at INMETCO located in Ellwood City, PA.

INMETCO mainly recycles nickel cadmium, nickel metal hydride, lithium – ion and alkaline batteries and sends lead acid batteries to Exide, lithium to Toxco and both zinc air and mercury batteries to various mercury reclaimers. Silver oxide batteries are stored until there are enough to send them to a recycler.

INMETCO recently began a box collection program that allows generators that sort battery chemistries to send the batteries directly to INMETCO via UPS prepaid shipping containers. Each box is capable of holding approximately 30 pounds. Feedback from those in the audience that use the program was overwhelmingly positive. There is no box system in place for mixed dry cell batteries.

You can reach Shane Thompson at 724.758.2825 or sthompson@inco.com

Conferences

  • EPR2 (Electronics Product Recovery and Recycling) Conference and The Electronics Recycling Summit will take place April 17-19, 2001 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City Hotel in Arlington, VA presented by the National Safety Council (NSC) and the International Association of Electronics Recyclers (IAER). For more info contact the NSC at http://www.nsc.org/ehc/epr2.htm or the IAER at http://www.iaer.org/industryevents.htm You can also contact Candace Levitt from the NSC at (202) 293-2270 ext. 476 or levitt@nsc.org
  • ENTECH 2001 is being held on June 12 – 14 at the Atlantic City Convention Center. ANJHHWC was approached by EHMI (Environmental Hazards Management Institute) to be a sponsor. We agreed to participate which allows us free exhibit space. ANJHHWC will also be having our 2nd Quarter Meeting in conjunction with ENTECH 2001 so mark your calendars now!
  • For more information you can contact ether Kathy Mandsager or Nancy Hellmann of EHMI at (603) 868-1496 or visit EHMI on the web at www.ehmi.org.
  • The national Hazardous Materials Management conference sponsored by SWANA and NAHMMA will take place on September 4-8, 2001 in Portland, OR. For more info contact SWANA at 301-585-2898 or www.swana.org or NAHMMA at www.nahmma.org

 Pending Bills / Legislation

Priscilla Hayes talked about several bills including:

  • A2958 which proposes to ban CRT’s (cathode ray tubes) from the waste stream. The bill mentions HHW collection events / facilities as the outlet for CRT’s but without any funding mechanism. Priscilla is setting up a meeting to meet with Jones, the bill sponsor. Please contact Priscilla if you are interested in attending the meeting.
  • A3250, introduced March 1, 2001 is sponsored by Albio Sires (Hudson) and Leonard Lance (Warren, Hunterdon and Mercer) proposes to ban the sale of mercury thermometers.

You can view the progress and content of the bills by visiting the NJ Legislature web page at: http://www.njleg.state.nj.us You can search for specific bills by their number. In the above two cases, you must also type the letter A.

Education Campaign

The development of the education campaign has slowed to a crawl and it is now anticipated that HHW Awareness Month will occur in 2002. Three slogans that are in the running are:

  1. Put Household Hazardous Waste in its Proper Place
  2. Make Your Home Hazard Free – Shop Wisely, Dispose Properly
  3. Haste Makes Household Hazardous Waste… Put it in its Proper Place

Please contact Carole Tolmachewich if you are interested in joining the subcommittee at (732) 745-4170 or mcdswm@superlink.net

Vendor Chat

There were no HHW vendors in the audience.

Solid Waste Policy Group Update

Visit http://aesop.rutgers.edu/~wastemgmt/ or contact Priscilla by calling (732) 932-9155 ext. 233 or hayes@aesop.rutgers.edu

NJDEP Update

Robin Heston reported that there is a new reviewer for the NJ Universal Waste Rule. The rule may be proposed in 3-6 months. Robin also reported that the US EPA is publishing a proposal regarding CRT’s expected by late summer / early Fall.

County Update

  • Atlantic: Contact Monica Dubler at (609) 272-6921 or mdubler@acua.com
  • Bergen: Bergen County will be holding 3 HHW events at $29.99 per car with Clean Venture as the vendor. They will also hold 3 paint only events at 43 cents per pound with Radiac Environmental as the vendor.Bergen County also received permission from the DEP to open a recycling depot in order to collect computers. The computers and related equipment is collected and stored in a 20’ enclosed container and can be used by residents, public works, libraries and schools. The drop-off is free to residents but not for businesses.For more details contact Rich Baroch at (201) 807-8696 or Mark Vangieri at (201) 807-5823 or bergensoldwaste@aol.com
  • Burlington: Contact Ann Williams at (609) 499-5317 or email Allen Winn at awinn@home.com
  • Camden: Contact Jack Sworaski at (856) 858-5241 or sworaski@co.camden.nj.us
  • Cape May: Contact Tony Moncman at (609) 465-9026 or moncmanag@cmcmua.com
  • Cumberland: Contact Dennis DeMatte Jr. at (856) 825-3700 or ddematte@ccia-net.com
  • Essex: Contact Michael Onysko at (973) 857-2350 or monysko@essexutil.com
  • Gloucester: Contact Ken Atkinson at (856) 478-6045 x 14 or katkinson@gcianj.com
  • Hudson: Contact Nick Staniewicz at (201) 795-4555 or recycle@hcia.org
  • Hunterdon: Contact Gloria Schellhorn at (908) 788-1110 or recycle@co.hunterdon.nj.us
  • Mercer: Contact Louis Calisti at (609) 278-8100.
  • Middlesex: Will hold 7 one day HHW events during 2001 at $23,787 per event. Four bids were received for 2001 and Radiac Environmental was awarded the contract. The Paint Drop-off Program will cost 41 cents / pound for 2001. The contractor, Focus Recycling Systems has been absorbed into Clean Venture Inc. and the contract will be serviced by Clean Venture out of their Camden office. A ninth drop-off location will be added beginning April 2001. Middlesex county continues to have a contract with Curbside Inc. / Safety Kleen for the Home Collection of HHW in the amount of $17,500 for one year which includes 100 pick ups at $125 each and 100 pick ups at $50 each (the home owner pays the balance). For more details contact Fred Stanger at (732) 745-4170 or mcdswm@superlink.net
  • Monmouth: Monmouth County generated 460,000 pound at their permanent facility last year at a cost of 11 cents per pound Last year two different vendors were obtained for the permanent facility. For 2001 Clean Venture/Cycle Chem will be handling the lab pack and paint waste and there’s a no landfill policy. Clean Harbors will be handling the flammable gas and Monmouth County is being paid 10 cents / gallon for used motor oil. Antifreeze is at no fee and crushed used oil filters are sold for a nominal price. Two one day HHW events will be held in 2001 at a cost of 82 cents per pound with Radiac Environmental as the contractor. For more details contact: Alain Fortier at (732) 922-2234 ext. 11 or afortier@shore.co.monmouth.nj.us
    Greg Hulse at ghulse@shore.co.monmouth.nj.us
  • Morris: Morris County will be holding 2 one day events in 2001 at a cost of $69.62 per car with Clean Venture as the contractor. Computers will be accepted at the first event but for a fee. There will also be a $5 fee for propane tanks. The permanent facility accepted 1,422 people and 75 tons of material during 2000 at a cost of $100,373. The contract for this year had to be re-bid. The current contractor is Onyx Environmental. For more details contact Laura Macpherson at (973) 631-5109 or lmacpherson@mcmua.com
  • Ocean: Contact John Haas at (732) 506-5047 or ocrecycles@ameri-com.com
  • Passaic: Passaic County plans to hold 2 one day HHW with Clean Venture as the contractor. Passaic also plans to hold 4 one day events to collect computers / electronics. For more information please contact either Diane DeSanto at (973) 305-5738 or Ellie Arnould-Tomb at the same number or arnouldtomb@earthlink.net
  • Salem: Contact Melinda Williams at (856) 935-7900 or mwillscua@mindspring.com
  • Somerset: Somerset County will be holding 5 HHW single day events during 2001. Radiac Environmental Services will be the contractor at $28 per car. Somerset County supplements the HHW program with the First Saturday of the Month Program, where residents can bring recyclables, used motor oil & filters, anti-freeze and tires. For more details contact Diana Vigilante at (908) 231-7681 or vigilant@co.somerset.nj.us
  • Sussex: Sussex County will be holding 2 events in 2001 at 53 cents per pound with Radiac Environmental Services as the contractor. For more information contact John Cannata at (973) 579-6998 x107 or cannata@hotmail.com
  • Union: Union County will be holding 4 HHW single day events in 2001 at a price of $31.40 per car with Radiac Environmental Services as the contractor. Union county will be supplementing the HHW program with an electronics program. For more details contact either Marian Swientkowski at (908) 654-9890 or mswiontkowski@unioncountynj.org or JoAnn Gemenden at the same number above or jgemenden@unioncountynj.org 
  • Warren: Contact Bill Carner at (908) 453-3601.

Next Meeting

In conjunction with ENTECH 2001, which takes place June 12-14 in Atlantic City.

1999-06-16 and 17 – ANJHHWC Meeting Minutes

Location: Mullica Hill, Gloucester County, NJ

Attendees

  • Gregory Sharp, Wade Environmental
  • Allen Winn, Burlington County
  • Matt Hood, Burlington County
  • John Cannata, Sussex County
  • Jack Sworaski, Camden County
  • Ken Atkinson, Gloucester County
  • Diana Vigilante, Somerset County
  • Laura Macpherson, Morris County
  • Alain Fortier, Monmouth County
  • Virginia Lamb, Monmouth County
  • James Witte, Focus Recycling Systems
  • Carole Tolmachewich, Middlesex County
  • Fred Stanger, Middlesex County
  • B. Ellie Arnould, Passaic County
  • Rich Baroch, Bergen County
  • Ralph Davis, NJ DEP
  • Mary-Jo Kennelly, Clean Venture Inc.
  • Chris DiVirgilio, Camden Co. Bomb Squad

The meeting was called to order by Ken Atkinson at 10:25 a.m.

Introductions

Fred Stanger made a brief presentation. He was one of 3 people in NJ to receive a package from the EPA seeking applicants to apply for a grant to fund a clean up of pesticides from farmers known as a ‘Clean Sweep’ program. He was not sure ANJHHWC was permitted to apply (since then has received the go ahead) but wanted feedback on whether it’s worthwhile to pursue.

County Update

Gloucester County has held one Recycling/Reuse day on 4/24 and had 368 cars and collected over 40,000 lbs. of material at a cost of $13,900. They had an HHW on 5/1 and had 682 cars and collected over 75,000 lbs. of material at a cost of $21,500. They plan to have 2 more Recycle/Ruse Days and 1 more HHW day this year and plan to add 4 Recycle/Reuse days for 2000. Wade Environmental is their current contractor.

Middlesex County has held 3 HHW days so far and has 4 more scheduled. 1,635 cars came through the first 3 events. Clean Venture/Cycle Chem is their contractor, bid on a per car basis @ $0.00 / car with a flat fee of $27,333.00 per event. The permanent paint and paint related products program has collected 125,417 lbs. of material between Jan. 1 and June 30. Their contractor is Focus Recycling Systems at 36.99 cents / lb.

Sussex County held one HHW event on 6/5 and had 417 cars and collected between 25 and 27 tons of material. They are holding a 2nd event in November. Their contractor is AETS on a per pound basis @ 49 cents per lb.

Monmouth County has accepted over 200,000 lbs. of material at their permanent facility since the beginning of the year. They pay 8 cents per pound for transportation/disposal. They average 100 cars per week and they are a week behind in scheduling appointments (very busy!). They held 1 HHW day in April and are holding another one later this year.

Camden County has held 2 HHW days and collected 123,000 lbs. of material at 34.6 cents / lb. They also had 1 paint only day and collected 8,000 lbs. at 25 cents / lb. Their contractor for both events is Clean Venture/Cycle Chem. They plan to have 2 more HHW events and 3 more Paint only days.

Passaic County has held 2 HHW days and had 971 homeowners and 16 businesses attend. A total of 50.5 tons of material was collected by Clean Venture/Cycle Chem at a rate of $26 per car. There will be 1 more HHW day in the fall.

Morris County has accepted over 100,000 lbs. of material at their permanent center in one year from 800 cars (including businesses). They charge their residents who bring latex paint. Their contractor is AETS on a per pound basis @58 cents / lb. They also had 2 HHW days and had 1200 participants at $38/car contracted out to Remtech (who is being bought by Clean Venture/Cycle Chem.)

Somerset County has held 2 HHW events and had 1,569 participants at $27/car. Their contractor is Radiac Research Corp. They plan to hold 2 more events.

Burlington County has taken in over 200,000 lbs. of material at their permanent facility so far this year, equating to about 1,700 cars. They are open Tues. through Sat. Two thirds of the material is from DPW’s. They also have been seeing out of county residents show up i.e. Mercer and Camden county residents who are charged by weight per waste stream.

Bergen County has held 1 HHW day and serviced 2,400 cars at $26.96 / car and their contractor is Radiac Research Corp. They also held 1 paint only day, a new venture, and serviced 410 cars without much advertising at 33 cents / lb. with a $2,000 set up fee and that contractor is Focus Recycling Systems. They plan to have 1 more HHW event and 3 more paint only events for 1999.

NJ DEP -  Ralph Davis- Based on national trends, and tying in with the National Task Force on Mercury, the DEP is suggesting that we pay particular attention to the amount of mercury we are collecting at our events. That also means to pay attention to the amount of fluorescent light bulbs being collected, if applicable. We might be asked to give data on quantities collected in the future.

Mr. Davis is also examining the wording in our contracts with regard to keeping track of this ‘unregulated’ waste (HHW being exempt from RCRA, etc). Please send him a copy of your bid specs if you have not yet done so. He suggested 5 ways to improve your contracts:

  1. Require that HHW that would be considered hazardous to be treated as hazardous
  2. Have bidder include in submittal a list of the TSD’s that will be used
  3. Require Cert.of Disposal/Destruction and/or copies of all outgoing manifests and withhold a meaningful amount of payment until you get them (ie. 10-20%)
  4. Make contractor solely and totally responsible for packaging, transporting, and disposal.
  5. Use hazardous waste manifests

Vendor Chat

  • Gregory Sharp from Wade Environmental reported having secured contracts with Gloucester, Cumberland, Atlantic and Salem counties. They are waiting for a general permit to begin operating in Philadelphia as a consolidation point.
  • Mary Jo Kennelly from Clean Venture/Cycle Chem has been very busy attending Southern NJ HHW events including Camden, Ocean and Cape May counties. She is now located in Camden at the oil/water and oily solvents processing facility previously owned by Remtech. You can reach her at (856) 365-5544 or via fax at (856) 365-0801. (editors note, So. Jersey has a new area code!)
  • James Witte of Focus Recycling Systems mentions that Focus has entered their 4th year into the business since starting in 1995. They have contracts with Middlesex and Bergen counties for paint recycling/disposal. They have been doing door to door HHW collections, including Estate sale situations. They are searching for an investment partner and want to concentrate on creating a 100% post consumer paint product and bring the costs to recycle paint closer to the costs to solidify/landfill paint. They are also seeking to relocate their operations from NY to NJ. They do not deal with radioactive and medical wastes.

Video

ANJHHWC is interested in looking into having a video produced on HHW and members seem interested in pursuing the idea. Costs could range from $5,000 to $20,000 and it was suggested to limit it to 15 minutes, and target 6th grade through adults. Perhaps supplement with activity guide/books/wheels. A sub committee will be working on this. Anyone interested in participating should call Carole Tolmachewich at (732) 745-4170.

Lunch: sponsored by Wade Environmental and the GCIA

Camden Co. Bomb Squad

Chris DiVirgilio from the Camden Co. Bomb Squad / Sheriff’s Office made a presentation regarding his experiences in working with explosives. Some common explosives are fireworks, chemistry sets, black or flash powder, ammunition, picric acid and ether. If you can prevent it, don’t move the material and instead have the Bomb Squad go to the location, it’s much safer. You can utilize NJ bomb squads from the following locations: Atlantic City, State Police, Bergen Co., Hudson Co., Newark, Morris Co., and Jersey City. These folks receive technicians level training by the Military and FBI and receive a formal refresher course every 3 years by the FBI. You can reach Chris by calling (856) 374-6235 or via e-mail at c4cmdv@aol.com.

Meeting adjourned at approximately 1:00 pm. and those interested went on to tour the PSE&G facility in Paulsboro with regards to computer reuse/recycling/demanufacturing.

Upon arrival at PSE&G, the DEP was there hand delivering PSE&G’s certificate to operate. The NJDEP is planning to add consumer electronics (CE) to the Universal Waste Rule, specifically Cathode Ray Tubes (CRT’s) and PSE&G has been a participant in the feasibility study to support that decision.

Our tour of the facility was conducted by Jim LeCates, IR Specialist with PSE&G, and you can reach him at the Gibbstown office at (609) 224-1639 or via e-mail at jlecat@pseg.com.

PSE&G’s 55,000 square foot warehouse holds all surplus materials generated within the company including computers and light bulbs.

The computer program started out as an in house program to fully utilize their own resources. When a computer entered the Recovery Center, it was sent back out to a PSE&G employee who could use it. The program has expanded to giving computers as donations or sold. PSE&G hires a contractor to test the computers which takes about 1.5 hours to complete. The computers slated for demanufacturing are sent out various contractors.

Bonus Minutes

Day two of the ANJHHWC conference found a few members touring the NJ State Aquarium. It was a very interesting ‘back stage’ tour, and here are a few facts to ponder.

The main tank at the Aquarium holds 760,000 gallons of Camden tap water with 80 tons of Morton Salt and 25 tons of other salts and minerals. It’s maybe third largest, after Epcot, Monterey, and possibly Baltimore. The water temp is between 63 and 68 degrees F. The ‘glass’ at the main viewing area of the tank was manufactured by Mitsubishi in 3 pieces which is 6 5/8 inches thick. It’s not glass at all, but plastic (like Lexan?) and only the water pressure is holding it in place.

Each year sharks kill about 5 people worldwide, but humans kill over 100,000 sharks. (who’s more dangerous?). The 2 types of sharks in the main tank are Sand Tiger and Sand Bar (sp?).

There are over 100 different tanks all together at the aquarium and each has it’s own filter system and lighting, and temperature control.

Ken Atkinson knew the question of the day – “What was the name of the robot shark in Jaws?” Come to the next ANJHHWC meeting to find out the answer.