Association of New Jersey Household Hazardous Waste Coordinators Meeting
September 24, 2015
Mercer County Boathouse Marina – 10:00am

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 September 24, 2014 meeting.  Minutes were approved by Ron Berenato and seconded by Fred Stanger.  There were no comments on the minutes. 

Treasurer’s report

Chris Sikorski provided the Treasurer’s report.  He reported the ANJHHWC’s account balance is currently $22,448.29.  Chris stated the association purchased two (2) tee signs for the golf outing in June.  Diana Vigilante moved to accept the report and Monica Gismondi seconded the motion.

Reenee Casapulla, Sussex – Report on Single Use Propane Cylinders

Reenee mentioned she was in attendance at a Webinar in California pertaining to single use propane cylinders.  She stated the webinar was highly attended by lots of agencies throughout the country.  The main focus on this webinar was to promote refillable cylinders and to work more closely with the manufacturers.  Reenee circulated information pertaining to the dangers/hazards of these cylinders being disposed of in curbside collections in California.

NJDEP and E-Waste Update

Guy Watson from NJDEP was not in attendance.

Diana Vigilante spoke with Ed Nieliwocki from NJDEP.  Ed provided information for Diana to relay back to the association regarding REA Funding.  DEP & Treasury had a meeting last week and the total amount to be tossed around is between 21- 24 million dollars. This pays for REA grants, recycling tonnage grants, some salaries and Rutgers courses.  Diana reported that DEP hopes to get the guidelines and allocations out to counties by December.  These allocations will be based on the 2013 solid waste generation numbers. Diana reminded attendees that counties received 2014 guidelines on December 17, 2014.


Daniel Napoleon stated Sen. Smith wants to move on with revisions of the e-waste bill this fall.  The NJ DEP has been a part of the final recommendation phase, of which should include suggestions from ANJHHWC (and others) most of which we have supported throughout the process.

Dan has been invited to meet with Guy and his reps as early as the first week of October and will report back any new updates.

Dan also mentioned that Jane Herndon left the DEP and her position of Assistant Commissioner will not be filled as part of the reorganization.

Paint Care Update

Ed Waters, Director of Government Affairs, Chemistry Council of NJ stated that Paint Care went through the Senate but not the full Assembly.  Due to concerns about this being a “tax”, parties are waiting until after the election to try to get the bill passed and on to the Governor for signature.  He mentioned that the paint contractors are in full support of this bill but the Retail Association is still opposed to having to pay the tax up front and not at point of sale.

Gary Sondermeyer speaking on Maximizing Your Waste Management Actions

Gary Sondermeyer was not in attendance due to the arrival of his grandbaby.  His presentation will be postponed to a future meeting.

President Daniel Napoleon announced several upcoming events:

  • Operation Take Back – September 26, 2015
  • Roundtable meeting – December 14, 2015, Revere Ristorante Italiano
  • ANJHHWC Holiday meeting moved to January (dateTBD)
  • DOT Hazardous Materials Transportation Training – February 23, 2016
  • SWANA Conference – April 11 & 12, 2016

A motion was made by Larry Gindoff and seconded by Ron Berenato to keep the DOT Hazardous Materials Transportation Training fee the same, $100 per person with lunch includedMercer County and to limit the attendance to two (2) people to attend for businesses.


The meeting was adjourned at 12:00pm.  It was motioned by Chuck Giacobbe and seconded by Ron Berenato.