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2009-06-04 – ANJHHWC Meeting Minutes

Location: Echo Hill Park in Hunterdon County

Call to Order – The meeting was opened by President Alain Fortier at 10:05 a.m. at Echo Hill Park in Hunterdon County. He thanked Allan Johnson, the Hunterdon County HHW representative, for hosting our meeting and supplying morning refreshments.

Self-introductions followed.

Elections: The nominating committee: Renee Casapulla of Sussex County and Larry Gindoff of Morris County made the recommendation “that the current Slate of Officers continues for one additional year”.

2009 Slate of Officer’s:

  • President – Alain Fortier-
  • Vice President – JoAnn Gemenden
  • Treasure – Chris Sikorski
  • Secretary – Diana Vigilante

Motion was made by Larry Gindoff and seconded by Renee Casapulla.  Motion was approved by all.

Treasure’s Report: Chris Sikorski was not in attendance for the meeting but forwarded the fiscal report which was read by Secretary Vigilante. The current account balance at the time of the meeting was $9,880.43.  Motion to accept the report was made by Larry Gindoff of Morris County and seconded by Fred Stanger from Middlesex County. 


  1. President Fortier introduced the first speaker: Lou O’Brien, Vice President of National Programs- PSC Environmental Services. Mr. O’Brien spoke about the CFL Home Depot Program and other services PSC Environmental might offer to counties.
    From Oct. 2008 thru April 2009: Home PSC Environmental collected approx. 160,000 CFL bulbs in approx. 1,900 Home Depots nationwide. That equates to 3,200 boxes or 100,000 lbs. of material. PSC Environmental recovered 2 lbs. of mercury which is enough mercury to cause 126,000,000 gals. of drinking water to exceed EPA &FDA drinking water standards.
    PSC Environmental currently has 200 HHW contracts in 24 states and services 76 fixed (permanent) sites.
    Question & answer session followed. 
  2. J P Gibbons from North American Transportation Consultants, Inc. (NATC) http://www.natc-inc.com. He is a former US DOT special agent with expertise with the HM215J and HM224D Federal Regulations relating to Battery handling and shipments.
    Mr. Gibbons handed out and reviewed page by page a copy of the Federal Register dated Wednesday, January 14, 2009, Part III- Department of Transportation: 49 CFR Parts 171, 172, 173, et al. Hazardous Materials: Revisions to Requirements for the Transportation of Batteries and Battery-Powered Devices; and Harmonization with the United Nations Recommendations, International Maritime Dangerous goods Code, and International Civil Aviation Organizations Technical Instructions: Final Rule.
    In summary, Counties who collect and offer for shipment batteries as part of their HHW programs will need to come into full compliance by January 1, 2010. The new requirements mandate that they be transported in a manner that prevents short-circuiting. DOT is suggesting that the shipper ensure the exposed terminals are protected with non-conductive caps, tape or other means and are hermetically sealed. This will have a significant impact on the counties that conduct county-wide battery collection programs. Some counties are considering scaling back or stopping their battery programs as a result.
    Question & answer session followed.

Adjournment: Meeting was adjourned at approx. 1:00pm.


2009-04-06 – ANJHHWC Meeting Minutes

Location: Bayshore Recycling / Converted Organics Meeting Room, Keasbey, NJ

Call to Order – The meeting was opened by President Alain Fortier at 9:40 a.m. at BayShore Recycling facility in Keasbey. Self-introductions followed.

President Alain Fortier Thanked BayShore Recycling for hosting our meeting at their facility.

E-waste: Carole Tolmachewich reported on the E-Waste Stakeholders meeting which was held on Monday, March 31 at NJDEP.

“DEP’s Assistant Commissioner Nancy Wittenberg and Recycling Bureau Chief Guy Watson invited manufacturers, commercial recyclers and county recycling officials to a Public Hearing. During the session, they provided a few broad hints as to what the regulations will contain, reviewed compliance deadlines for the program’s first year and received input from the regulated community.

Representatives of several county recycling programs expressed concerns that the manufacturers might shut down their programs once they have recycled tonnages equivalent to their market shares. And those public programs would end up shouldering the burden and the cost of electronic recycling.

When asked for a response as to how they might utilize existing public recycling programs in New Jersey, the manufacturer reps gave no indication.  A representative from Sharp said that his company has partnered with Goodwill and other community and retailer groups in other states that require e-recycling.

MRM President David Thompson said “It depends on what services the collectors are offering and whether we can establish a business relationship with them.” He added: “There are very few companies that can properly handle CRTs” (cathode ray tubes).

Watson noted that the DEP would require manufacturer plans to explain how the material would be handled at every stage of the recycling chain to assure that material does not flow to undeveloped countries where lead and other dangerous materials in the products could cause environmental and health problems without adequate safety and processing requirements.

He also warned that no manufacturer would be permitted to sell their TVs or computers in New Jersey after Oct 1, 2010 if the plans they submit are not “administratively complete.” He said that every plan would be required to offer at least one convenient collection point per county.” Source: Frank Brill, EnviroPolitics Blog.

Carole Tolmachewich also reported that Middlesex County is having a difficult time obtaining tonnages reports from Goodwill Industries.

Monica Gismondi stated she has no problem getting tonnage report from Goodwill Industries in south Jersey.

JoAnn Gemenden will send a Thank You letter to Best Buy’s Corporate Headquarters for their E-waste Recycling Program.

CFLs: Members indicated that the number of CFLs & fluorescent tubes being brought into HHW events are on the rise.

Treasurer’s Report: Chris Sikorski reported the Account balance at the time of the meeting it was $9,392.68.  Motion to accept the report was made by Ron Berenato from Atlantic County and seconded by Melinda Williams from Salem County. 

Treasurer will look in to filing taxes with IRS electronically.

Elections have been postponed until the June 4 meeting.  A nominating committee of Larry Gindoff and Renee Casapulla has been formed.

Merck grant was briefly discussed.  A sub-committee (JoAnn Gemenden, Chris Sikorski and Rich Baroch) has been formed to update the ANJHHWC’s video to a cable television format and possibly developing PSAs for radio and/or cable.

Latex Paint: Melinda Williams surveyed the attendees as to which counties are still accepting latex paints.  The following counties responded they are accepting latex paints: Middlesex, Somerset, Atlantic, Monmouth and Union counties.

Converted Organics: Jack Walsdorf gave an overview of Converted Organics, a 500 ton a day organic waste processing facility, accepting source separated food waste at the mid $40.00 per ton range.  Converted Organics produces two end products: solid and liquid fertilizers in ten days. Converted Organics produces less than 10 % residual waste which is taken to Edgeboro Landfill and they are a 0% discharge facility.

BayShore Recycling: Jim Bray stated that the Class B recycling facility has been in business for over 25 years and are permitted to handle up to 4,000 tons per day.  BayShore can recycle C&D & Demolition materials, metals, concrete, gypsum, brick, and asphalt and also remove CFCs.  The Facility uses solar power.  Dave Potts from PSE&G gave BayShore an excellent recommendation as a recycling facility.

Announcement was made by Atlantic County that the NJ Chapter of SWANA will hold their spring meeting April 20 & 21 in Atlantic City.

Adjournment: Meeting was adjourned at approx. 11:50am to tour Converted Organics.

April 6, 2009 - ANJHHWC members pose for a picture at the Converted Organics plant in Keasbey during a meeting / site visit.

2008-03-18– ANJHHWC Meeting Minutes

Location: Anheuser-Busch in Newark (Essex County)

Call to Order – The meeting was opened by President Alain Fortier at 10:00 a.m. at Anheuser-Busch in Newark. Introductions by all followed.

Elections: Carole Tolmachewich made a motion to nominate the existing Board of Officers for an additional year. Motion was seconded and approved.

Treasurer’s Report: Chris Sikorski reported the Account balance at the time of the meeting it was $9,529.50.

March 18, 2008- ANJHHWC members pose for a picture at the Anheuser-Busch plant in Newark during a meeting / site visit.

IRS Status: President Fortier reported he is waiting to hear about the ANJHWWC appeal letter regarding 501,C.6 status filed in October 2007. Brief discussion was held regarding the Merck grant including how and when to spend the funding. At this point everything is on hold until the Association hears from the IRS. It was decided to give the IRS until June of 2008. If a favorable decision isn’t made by then, the Association will seek other avenues to accept the grant funding.

Old ANJHHWC Video: Secretary Diana Vigilante will send extra copies of the ANJHHWC video to the following counties: Camden, Atlantic, Salem, Gloucester, Union and Cumberland.

CFL Stakeholders Meeting: President Fortier gave a brief overview of the CFL stakeholders meeting held at PSE&G on March 12, 2008. The following individuals were in attendance: Nancy Wittenberg, Ralph Asplen (NJDEP), Susanna Chiu, Eric Svenson, Albert Fralinger, Cindy Mehallow, Jeanne Pieratelli, Melissa Standing (PSEG) and Alain Fortier (Monmouth), Diana Vigilante (Somerset), Chris Sikorski (Middlesex), Fred Stanger (Middlesex), JoAnn Gemenden (Union) (Association of NJ Household Hazardous Waste Coordinators).

Assistant Commissioner Nancy Wittenberg stated the NJ DEP is interested in working with retailers to develop CFL point-of-sale take-back programs. She has approached retailers such as Wal-Mart with mixed results. Ralph Asplen also mentioned there were 3 locations in New Jersey that would take back CFL’s but did not advertise this. One location was IKEA.

JoAnn Gemenden expressed concern and stated the household hazardous waste collection programs, should not be the only disposal solution for several reasons. First the way the contracts are structured, e.g. $35 / car it would not be financially a good idea. Also there are already thousands of cars participating in the collection days already and they could not handle more. In addition, the collection programs shut down over the winter months so there would not be a drop off options available to citizens.

Participants agreed that local government and county household hazardous waste programs should not bear the sole responsibility for CFL disposal and recycling. Instead, they envision a partnership between four groups: manufacturers, retailers, utilities and local government.

Adjournment: Meeting was adjourned at 11:15am.

This was followed with a tour of the Anheuser-Busch’s facility and a group lunch.