Minutes – January 25, 2018 Coordinators Meeting

Association of New Jersey Household Hazardous Waste Coordinators Meeting

Revere Restaurant, Trenton, NJ

Welcome

ANJHHWC President JoAnn Gemenden called the meeting to order at 11:20 AM. Self-introductions followed.

Treasurer’s Report

Chris Sikorski provided the Treasurer’s report. The current balance is $23,318.07. There is a revised membership renewal form for 2018 which will be posted on the website.

Meeting Minutes

Fred Stanger asked for approval of the meeting minutes from the meetings held on April 6, 2017 and September 27, 2017. Ms. Vigilante made a motion to approve, Mr. Napoleon seconded the motion and was passed with one abstention from Ms. Gismondi for the April meeting.

Also of note, a 2018 Vendor list was circulated to the membership and feedback was requested to update as needed.

Paint Care Update

Ed Waters began by expressing his appreciation to the membership for their support last year. Unfortunately, no bills were passed during the last session. With a new Governor and a new session, efforts to reintroduce the Paint Care Bill will be forthcoming. There are plans to tweak some of the language and ANJHHWC will be kept informed of the changes.

The Senate bill will continue to be sponsored by James Beach and may potentially be adding Senator Smith as a co-sponsor. The Assembly bill will continue to be sponsored by Tim Eustice and are working on adding a co-sponsor.

There is new support for the legislation from the New Jersey Painters Union as well as the NJ Main Street Alliance, a business group that is conscious of sustainability issues. Opposition remains from the Merchants Association because the fee is not indicated as a line item on the receipt when buying paint.

NAHMMA

ANJHHWC joined NAHMMA for 2018 as per approval by the members at the last meeting. The national conference in 2018 will be held late August in Portland Maine. Two of ANJHHWC’s officers are involved in planning committees for the national conference. ANJHHWC has asked Victoria Hodge, current NAHMMA president, to speak at the next ANJHHWC meeting.

Open Discussion

JoAnn Gemenden mentioned working with Covanta to keep mercury thermostats out of the waste stream. Covanta is offering $5.00 gift cards to Home Depot for residents that drop off a mercury thermostat.

Carrie Rovere from MXI reported on several new recycled products that MXI has been developing including recycled chalk paint, recycled latex paint and recycled latex driveway sealer.

Chris Kassmann from Reverse Logistics thanked everyone he was been working with to set up e-waste recycling programs for municipalities / counties and mentioned that the NJ DEP has not yet approved manufacturer plans for 2018.

Nominating Committee

Monica Gismondi and Brian Costantino are on the nominating committee and anyone interested in becoming a board member, please reach out to either Monica or Brian prior to the elections at the next meeting. The next meeting will take place on Wednesday March 28 in Ocean County. Save the Date and meeting agenda are forthcoming.

Up Coming Events

ANJHHWC: March 28, 2018, Ocean County Recycling Education Center, Lakewood, NJ

SWANA NJ Chapter: April 12-13, 2018, Tropicana, Atlantic City, NJ

ANJR: April 30, 2018, Annual Meeting, EcoComplex, Bordentown, NJ

NJ WasteWise Business Network: May 10, 2018, Hamilton, NJ

NAHMMA National Conference: August 27-31, 2018, Portland, ME

Adjournment

A motion was made by Ms. Moore to adjourn, seconded by both Mr. Napoleon and Ms. Pointin. The meeting was adjourned at 12:25.

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Save the Date – March 28, 2018 Spring ANJHHWC Meeting – Ocean County Recycling Education Center, Lakewood, NJ

Please Mark Your Calendars

The ANJHHWC will be holding its 2018 spring meeting on: Wednesday, March 28, 2018. The meeting will be held at 9:30am at the Ocean County Recycling Center, located at 800 Towbin Avenue, Lakewood, NJ 08701.

 

On the agenda for this meeting:

  • President’s Report
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Paint Care Update
  • Elections
  • Discussion of Problem Issues:
    • Boat Flares
    • Cylinders (various)
    • Exit Signs
    • Fire Extinguishers
    • Gasoline
    • Smoke Detectors
    • X-ray Film
  • Guest Speaker: Victoria Hodge, NAHMMA President

Please click here for the registration and RSVP form for this meeting – and please respond by March 23rd. Thanks!

Minutes – September 27, 2017 Coordinators Meeting

Association of New Jersey Household Hazardous Waste Coordinators Meeting

Jenkinson’s Inlet, Point Pleasant, NJ

Welcome

ANJHHWC President JoAnn Gemenden called the meeting to order at 11:30 AM. Self-introductions followed.

2017 NAHMMA conference

JoAnn Gemenden reported attending the national NAHMMA (North American Hazardous Materials Management Association) conference in Clearwater, FL in August. She heard topics on e-cigarettes, medicine/sharps disposal, and smoke detector disposal services to name a few. The 2018 NAHMMA conference will be in Portland, Maine. JoAnn Gemenden and Fred Stanger are both on planning committees for the 2018 conference. JoAnn suggested that ANJHHWC join NAHMMA as a non-profit member in order for ANJHHWC members to receive discount benefits to attend the national NAHMMA next year. Diana Vigilante made a motion to join NAHMMA, Monica Gismondi seconded the motion, and the motion passed without opposition.

By-Laws Update

Various changes over the years were not incorporated into the by-laws as posted on the website. President Gemenden and Secretary Stanger met to review the current version and proposed changes and amendments as necessary. Amendments included adding page numbers, deleting the State membership category, adding Municipal to the County Associate category, and addressing meeting fees, to name a few. A motion was made by Ernie Kuhlwein, seconded by Wayne DeFeo, and the motion passed.

Paint Care Update

Ed Waters reported that the current legislature will not be meeting until after the election in November. He’s hoping to rejuvenate efforts to re-introduce Paint Care legislation after the election. Big box stores continue to be opposed to such legislation, but there are two new supporters, the Painters Union and the NJ Main Street Alliance, a business group that is conscious of sustainability issues. Sponsors for the bill include Senator James Beach and Assemblyman Tim Eustice. ANJHHWC will be updating the paint survey to report total amounts of paint collected in 2015 and 2016 to provide supporting evidence of the need for the legislation.

Treasurer’s Report

Chris Sikorski provided the Treasurer’s report. Chris reported a recent expense of $184.95 to pay for website hosting fees / domain name renewal for the next 5 years and the registration and hotel fees for the NAHMMA conference. The current balance is $22,510.67. Membership renewals will be arriving next year for 2018.

Up Coming Events

ANJHHWC – An informal gathering around the winter holidays was suggested, waiting until early 2018 for the Holiday Business Meeting.

ANJR – Oct. 18, Annual Symposium at Jumping Brook in Neptune and Nov. 4 is the 5-K race at Dukes Island Park in Somerset County.

Final Notes

A congratulatory acknowledgement was made of Chuck Giacobbe’s pending retirement at the end of 2017, with an open invitation to attend any and all future ANJHHWC meetings.

An assortment of recycling promotional items from various Counties were made available to take home.

Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned.

Jan. 19 2018 Meeting Postponed Due to Snow

To our ANJHHWC Members and those who RSVP’d for January 19, 2018 meeting ,

Due to the pending inclement weather for January 9, 2018, the ANJHHWC Meeting/Luncheon will be cancelled.  We are hoping to postpone until next week but cannot finalize dates until we can speak to our contact at the meeting site.  Please keep an eye on your inbox for updates and further details.

Don’t hesitate to contact any of the ANJHHWC officers with any questions or concerns.

Save the Date – August 27-31, 2018 North American Hazardous Materials Management Association (NAHMMA) 2018 Annual Conference Portland, Maine

Please Mark Your Calendars

NAHMMA is an established group of hazardous materials management professionals whose purpose is to advance education, foster communication, encourage policy development, recognize exemplary programs and provide professional development opportunities. NAHMMA is  dedicated to pollution prevention and reducing the toxicity of municipal waste streams. This August 27-31, 2018 National Conference is hosted by the Northeast NAHMMA Chapter in Portland, Maine.  ANJHHWC members will be serving on several subcommittee during the conference.