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2015-03-31 Meeting Minutes

Association of New Jersey Household Hazardous Waste Coordinators Meeting
March 31, 2015
Mountain View Golf Course – 11:00am

Welcome and Introductions

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

President Napoleon stated that the By –Law Amendment had been sent to the membership and voted on electronically. All members approved the amendment.  A motion was moved by Larry Gindoff and seconded by Chuck Giacobbe to approve the electronic vote and accept the amendment. Motion was approved by all without objection.

A motion was made to approve the minutes from the December 9, 2014 meeting.  Minutes were approved by Ernie Kuhlwein and seconded by Wayne DeFeo. 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 $22,821.49… the report was accepted by the membership.  Chris stated that membership dues constituted the majority of the Association’s revenue.  Ron Berenato moved to accept the report and Fred Stanger seconded the motion.  Motion was approved by all in attendance.

E-Waste Update

Jim Entwistle reviewed Assemblyman Burzichellis’ Bill A4235.  He provided a handout which summarized the bill and compared it to the draft amendments that were previously submitted.

NJDEP Update

Guy Watson reminded everyone that manufacturers are in charge of the electronics recycling program in NJ – they have no obligation to work with each County – only to establish a free and convenient program.  He also stated that leveling the playing field between in state and out of state recyclers would be difficult as NJDEP has no enforcement powers outside of NJ.  Guy also said DEP might consider the elimination of the return share formula in favor of market share which would eliminate target weights.  Lastly, upon discussion that the numbers reported by manufacturers may not be true, Guy informed us that one Pennsylvania company has commitments for 45% of the total 2015 targets.

Paint Care Update

Ed Waters stated the bill has had its second reading in both Senate Committees.  The large box stores are still opposing the legislation for two reasons. They are generally fearful of EPR (Extended Producer Responsibility) laws and that they will “spread” to other items.   They also want the paint tax to be instituted at point of sale and for the retail store to print an explanation of the tax on the receipt.  Ed Waters is working with Senator Beech’ office to allay these concerns and are hoping the full Senate will pass it by June.

Paint Care, A Year in Review

Laura Honis, Connecticut Paint Care Representative, provided an overview of Connecticut and Rhode Island Paint Care program which has been operational for almost 18 months.  She stated that after the law was passed she was responsible for outreach to the stores to find collection sites. Paint care has partnered with 106 stores, numerous transfer stations and regional HHW programs.  Paints collected go to either Clean Harbors or MXI for disposal.  Last year 8 paint only collection events were hosted by Paint Care and several others are scheduled for 2015.

President Daniel Napoleon announced several upcoming events:

  • SWANA – April 13 & 14, 2015 in AC
  • DOT Hazardous Materials Transportation Training Feb/March 2016 will be scheduled over the next few months.

Report by Nominating Committee/Elections – Fred Stanger nominated the existing slate of officers:  President Daniel Napoleon, Vice President JoAnn Gemenden, Treasurer Chris Sikorski and Secretary Diana Vigilante.

Motion to accept the existing slate of officers was made by Larry Gindoff and seconded by Wayne DeFeo. Motion was approved by all without objection.

Debris Cleanup Chart

Vice President JoAnn Gememden circulated a chart received from Robin Heston pertaining to Debris Management Cleanup.  We will send members the chart electronically and solicit their input.  Vice President Gemenden stated that ANJHHWC may want to consider printing a tri-fold flyer with ANJHHWC information and county HHW info on the other side.


The meeting was adjourned at 1:30pm on a  motion by Fred Stanger and second by Ron Berenato.

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

  • 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.


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

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.


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

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.


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.


The meeting adjourned at 11:45.