Association of New Jersey Household Hazardous Waste Coordinators Meeting
Jenkinson’s Inlet, Point Pleasant, NJ
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.
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.
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.
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.
The meeting was adjourned.