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Save the Date for the March 31, 2015 Spring ANJHHWC Meeting in Ewing, NJ

Please Mark Your Calendars
It may not feel like it, but spring is just around the corner.  The ANJHHWC spring meeting (including lunch) will be held at 11am on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at:

Mountain View Golf Course
850 Bear Tavern Road
Ewing Township, NJ 08628

  • 2015_ANJHHWC-Membership-FormAgenda: Items for discussion during the meeting are still being considered.  Please forward any items you would like to see on the agenda to Diana Vigilante at vigilant@co.somerset.nj.us.
  • By-Laws Amendment:  Please E-mail Diana Vigilante your vote of approval or rejection on the by-laws amendment before Feb. 23. Click here to read the proposed by-laws amendment which was first read on December 9, 2014 when all members approved the amendment.
  • Membership: If you haven’t sent in your 2015 membership renewal, we ask that you please consider doing so.   Click here for a copy of the the 2015 membership form. Please complete & submit the membership form before the spring meeting or you will pay a non-membership meeting fee of $30.00.

2014-12-09 Meeting Minutes

Association of New Jersey Household Hazardous Waste Coordinators Meeting
December 9, 2014
Revere Ristorante Italiano – 10:30am

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 the September 24, 2014 meeting. Minutes were approved by Ron Berenato and second by Larry Gindoff. There were no comments on the minutes. Motion was approved by all without objection.

Treasurer’s Report

Chris Sikorski provided the Treasurer’s report. He reported the ANJHHWC’s account balance is currently $20,158.13… the report was accepted by the membership. Chris stated dues are coming in for next year.

By Law Changes

JoAnn Gemenden presented the proposal to amend the by-laws. Non-members were getting the same benefits as members… thus the proposal is to charge a non-member meeting fee. A motion was made by Larry Gindoff and second by Monica Gismondi to move forward with the by-law modification. Motion was approved by all without objection.

Waste in Crisis

  • Paint Care – Ed Waters and Marie Clarke spoke on the current issues with Paint Care. Ed stated there was a successful meeting with the Assembly sponsor. They are waiting on the Senate to take action. The Senate President is willing to take action and is in full support. They hope to move bill in the Senate within the next couple of months. The next step is to amend and send to the Governor’s desk. A suggestion was made to re-send another letter to Senator Smith and Assemblywoman Spencer.
  • Food Waste – Wayne DeFeo stated the bill is in limbo. The hearing did not go well and there was a lot of opposition. He stated Lesniak has proposed another bill. Wayne mentioned the internal debate is “Are there markets?”
  • E-Waste – Fred Stanger, Ron Berenato and Brian Costantino attended the e-waste meeting with Senator Smith. Fred stated the Senator is in favor of modifying the current law to mirror the Connecticut model. They need to reach out to three other legislators and meet with them individually. They are McKeon, Spencer and Gusciora. There is a 50/50 chance of this law being signed by the Governor. Class D recyclers like the Connecticut law….as Connecticut requires all (no quotas) covered electronics collected for recycling, along with the full and true cost of recycling, being covered by the manufacturers.

    Guy Watson stated there were several meetings with the Attorney General office and an e-mail blast would be going out to all towns/counties. All contracts would include certification with their plan for no charge on any covered electronic devices. He also mentioned they were upping the per capita goal for 2015 shifting more of the burden to the manufacturers (57 million pounds for 2015 compared to 55 million pounds in 2014). The return share sampling has not worked. They will work out the Scope of Work. Jeff Friedman is putting together a data base to track information on a quarterly basis.

Things for 2015

Dan Napoleon stated for the good of the organization, ANJHHWC would like to work more with other boards (SWANA, ANJR, etc.). We need to have a more active role in regards to relationships with our business partners. ANJHHWC will also explore website enhancement to be more user friendly.

Vendor Appreciation

JoAnn Gemenden and Dan Napoleon gave out certificates of appreciation to all businesses that support ANJHHWC. A group picture was taken and will be posted on the ANJHHWC website.


The meeting was adjourned at 1:40pm. It was motioned by Fred Stanger and second by Ron Berenato.

2009-12-09 – ANJHHWC Meeting Minutes

Location: at Mc Loones’ Pier House in Long Branch

Call to Order – President Alain Fortier opened the meeting at 11:36 a.m. by Welcoming All at Mc Loones’ Pier House in Long Branch.

By Laws – President Fortier discussed the proposed By Laws Membership Category changes: County Representative- $75.00, Associate County Representative- $25.00, Commercial Business Membership- $250.00 and Individual Membership- $50.00.  This is the second reading of proposed By Laws change. Larry Gindoff made a motion to accept this change and it was seconded by Chuck Giacobb and approved by all members in attendance.

President Fortier discussed the proposed By Laws Treasurer’s Term Changes: An individual serving in the position of Treasurer may continue to serve in that position (beyond the 3 year maximum) with a majority approval of the members in good standing at the first general meeting immediately following the 3 consecutive terms. This extension of service must be voted upon on a year to year basis for that specific individual with no maximum terms defined.

This is the second reading of proposed By Laws change. JoAnn Gemenden made a motion to accept this change and it was seconded by Monica a Gismondi and approved by all members in attendance.
Chris Sikorski abstained from voting.

By-Laws will be officially amended to reflect both of these changes in 2010.

RBRC– Vice President JoAnn Gemenden officially announced that ANJHHWC has received a $15,000 grant from RBRC to promote the recycling of Rechargeable batteries. VP Gemenden will do a press release for the public and NJDEP. 

Operation Medicine Cabinet – Vice President JoAnn Gemenden read a summary of Operation Medicine Cabinet’s outcomes at the meeting. “The Drug Enforcement Administration in New Jersey says more than 9,000 pounds of medicines were collected in a statewide drive that encouraged residents to turn in unused, unwanted and expired medicines. Nearly 3 1/2 million pills, with a street value of approximately $35 million dollars, were collected during “Operation Medicine Cabinet” held on Nov. 14, 2009.

VP Gemenden will also discuss with Special Agent Douglas S. Collier his availability as a guest speaker for a future meeting.

Marc Kodrowski from MXI stated his company has participated running several medicine take back programs in PA. & NY.

Treasurer’s Report: Treasurer Sikorski stated that several outstanding invoices have recently been paid and a bill from the webmaster was just received. The current Account Balance at the time of the meeting was $26,195.43. Motion to accept the report was made by Ron Berenato and seconded by Larry Gindoff.
President Fortier asked the membership to appoint a Finance Committee to review the Treasure’s records and books annually. The Committee should not exceed 3 members in good standing that have not served on the executive committee for the past 5 years. This was approved; volunteers will be sought at the next meeting.

RBRC– President Fortier introduced Todd Ellis, the East Coast representative for RBRC. Mr. Ellis gave a power point “Call 2 RECYLE” presentation and answered questions.
Photo Op was held with Todd Ellis turning over the $15,000 check to ANJHHWC President Fortier.

E-Waste– Carole Tolmachewich gave a brief summary of the joint ANJHHWC & ANJR E-Waste Stakeholder’s Meeting that was held on Tuesday, December 1, 2009 from 9:30 am to noon at the Middlesex Fire Academy.

Adjournment: Meeting was adjourned at approx. Noon for lunch.

2009-10-01 – ANJHHWC Meeting Minutes

Location: NJ State Police ROIC (Regional Operations Intelligence Center) facility,
West Trenton, NJ

Call to Order – The meeting was opened by President Alain Fortier at 10:00 a.m. at the NJ State Police ROIC (Regional Operations Intelligence Center) facility in West Trenton.  He Thanked Major Dennis McNulty for hosting our meeting.

Self-introductions followed.

President Fortier announced the “Hazardous Materials Transportation Training” is scheduled for February 23, 2010.  It will be held at the Middlesex County Fire Academy in Sayreville.  Registration flyer and more details to follow in the coming months.

President Fortier announced that Todd Ellis of RBRC is the East Coast representative.  RBRC has a grant program; a small committee of ANJHHWC members will begin writing the grant to include statewide initiatives to encourage residents, schools and the commercial sector to recycle their Rechargeable Batteries using RBRC’s services.

A motion was made by Fred Stanger to use up to $1,000.00 of ANJHHWC funds towards the RBRC grant.  Seconded by JoAnn Gemenden and approved by all members in attendance.

Proposed Amendments to the By-Laws:

  • Membership Categories
  • Term for Treasurer’s Position

Proposed amendments were presented by several members of the Executive Board which was followed by Questions and Answers; thus the first reading was accomplished and this will be presented at the Holiday meeting and voted on.

Treasurer’s Report: Chris Sikorski stated the current Account balance at the time of the meeting it was $10,595.43.  Motion to accept the report was made by Diana Vigilante of Somerset County and seconded by JoAnn Gemenden of Union County.   Motion was approved by the membership.

Holiday Meeting: Treasurer Sikorski announced that we are attempting to schedule the Holiday Meeting on either Dec. 9 or 10.  Our guest speaker will be Todd Ellis of RBRC- Call2Recycle.org

IRS Workshop: Both President Fortier and Treasurer Sikorski are registered and will attend the IRS Workshop for Small & Mid-Sized 501 (c) (3) organizations on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009 in King of Prussia, PA.  Workshop will explain what 501 (c) (3) organizations must do to keep their tax-exempt status & comply with tax obligations.

Merck LEAN Pilot Program: A discussion ensued regarding other counties that may be using LEAN practices.  JoAnn Gemenden said Union County is considering using LEAN practices in 2010.                                                                       

Speaker: Dave Smith from We Recycle! Inc. of Mount Vernon, NY presented E-Waste topics from the latest conference he attended.  (Dave will e-mail me his program; when he does I will forward it to the membership.)

Background presentation of the ROIC was given by Mr. William Kelleher, Sr. Planner.

ROIC Facts- 2007 Green building, Geo Thermal Heating & AC, Solar cells on the roofs, Power supply on two grids with major backup generators.  ANJHHWC members were given a tour of the ROIC.

Adjournment: Meeting was adjourned at approximately 12:15p.m.

2007-06-04 – ANJHHWC Meeting Minutes

Location: AERC Recycling Solutions, Allentown , PA.

Meeting was called to order by Vice President JoAnn Gemenden.

Self introductions were made by all in attendance.

Introduction and presentation to AERC Recycling Solutions and Com-Cycle was given by Mario Ianiero – Regional Sales Manager for New Jersey and Frank Losagio- EH&S Manager.

Tour of AERC Facility: included view of physical operations and description of technical processes.               

During the lunch buffet the meeting was continued by President Alain Fortier .  Bonnie Swavely, AERC District Manger discussed with the group options for holding e-waste events.  

President Fortier briefed the members in attendance on the process of the application to become an official non-profit organization.  The Bylaws revisions were reviewed by President Fortier.  A motion was made by Fred Stanger to accept the Bylaw changes and seconded by JoAnn Gemenden.  The vote was unanimously in favor of accepting the Bylaws changes.  

Treasurer Chris Sikorski  reported that a check in the amount of $4,970 from The Merck Company Foundation was received and deposited.  

A Thank You to Monmouth County was voiced for printing the 2007 ANJHHWC Newsletter.

President Fortier mentioned his conversation with Mike Styner of Poore’s Propane and the possibility of holding the next ANJHHWC meeting in South Jersey sometime in September and touring the propane facility in Delaware .  

Motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Chuck Giacobb and seconded by Diana Vigilante.