Association of New Jersey Household Hazardous Waste Coordinators Meeting
Revere Restaurant, Trenton, NJ
ANJHHWC President JoAnn Gemenden called the meeting to order at 11:20 AM. Self-introductions followed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
A motion was made by Ms. Moore to adjourn, seconded by both Mr. Napoleon and Ms. Pointin. The meeting was adjourned at 12:25.