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Minutes – April 6, 2017 Coordinators Meeting

Association of New Jersey Household Hazardous Waste Coordinators Meeting

Ocean County Recycling Education Center


ANJHHWC President Daniel Napoleon called the meeting to order at 11:15am. Self-introductions followed.

Approval of Minutes

A motion was made to approve the minutes from the January 12, 2017 meeting by Ron Berenato and seconded by Ernie Kuhlwein. There were no comments or changes to the minutes.  All in attendance approved the motion.


Representatives from NJDEP were invited to attend and provide an update – no one attended.

Thermostat Recycling Corporation

Danielle Myers and Ryan Kiscaden from TRC (Thermostat Recycling Corporation) provided an overview of their national collection program.  Despite ceasing the use of mercury in thermostats since 2007, there are still mercury thermostats out there.  The program is funded by thermostat manufacturers and the goal of the program is to keep mercury out of the waste stream by providing an outlet to collect and recycle all mercury containing thermostats that are replaced.  This is an industry funded non-profit program.

TRC currently works in conjunction with HVAC contractors and wholesalers to collect them nationally but are trying to expand collection via Household Hazardous Waste programs. TRC provides a collection bin and free shipment once its full.  Generally the initial fee/container is $25 but if signed up through ANJHHWC the collection bin is free.  Only thermostats are collected – no thermometers or bulk mercury.

Instead of storing old mercury thermostats or tossing them in the trash visit their website or call for participating collections sites: www.thermostat-recycle.org.  Anyone wishing to request a bin should call Danielle Myers directly at 267-513-1726.

Battery Recycling

Todd Ellis explained that customers are now able to recycle single-use batteries with Call2Recycle. Additionally, your rechargeable battery recycling service will transition to a fee-based service model, effective April 1, 2017.

The transition from our “no-cost” rechargeable battery recycling offering to a fee-based service is necessary in order to ensure the long-term viability of our voluntary battery stewardship program. Ultimately, this change will lessen the burden on you, while providing more viable, cost-effective options for both rechargeable and single-use batteries. All aspects of the battery recycling program will be competitively priced to ensure that battery recycling options remain feasible for all customers.

Any of the battery boxes that are in place now at Municipal / County locations will remain free, as long as there is no change (i.e., rechargeable batteries only) but if the site decides to start accepting Primary (single use) batteries, a fee will kick in.

Todd Ellis, Director- Stewardship Programs; tellis@call2recycle.org; Corporate headquarters: 1000 Parkwood Circle, Suite 200, Atlanta, Ga.30339

 Paint Care Update

Ed Waters stated that the bill is in the Assembly and Senate Appropriations Committees awaiting action. It made be amended to include a reporting requirement.

 Treasurer’s Report

Chris Sikorski provided the Treasurer’s report.  He reported the ANJHHWC’s account balance is currently $25,054.62.  Chris Sikorski stated 2017 memberships are coming in.  Diana Vigilante moved to accept the Treasurer’s report and Steve Adams seconded the motion. All in attendance approved the motion.

Up Coming Events:

SWANA Conference – President Napoleon stated that the annual conference will be held in Atlantic City on Thursday, April 20 and Friday, April 21 at the Tropicana Hotel.

Clean Communities Kids Day, Conference and Dinner – May24-26, 2017 at various locations in Essex County were addressed by JoAnn Gemenden.

Spring Conference – May 19 in Massachusetts, Northeast Chapter of NAHMMA at City Hall in Newburyport, MA. Fred Stanger stated he has requested approval from Middlesex County to attend.

ANJR – June 20 is the Golf Tournament in Mercer County and Nov. 4 is the 5-K race at Dukes Island Park in Somerset County.

It was suggested by President Napoleon that ANJHHWC support ANJR with the purchase of two (2) tee signs for the ANJR Golf Tournament as in previous years.  Ernie Kuhlwein made a motion to purchase  two (2) tee signs and Wayne DeFeo seconded the motion. All in attendance approved the motion.

Report by the Nominating Committee/Elections

Melissa Harvey read the proposed new slate of officers for 2017:

  • President – JoAnn Gemenden
  • Vice President – Steve Adams
  • Treasurer –Chris Sikorski
  • Secretary – Fred Stanger

A motion to approve the new slate of officers was moved by Wayne Defeo and seconded by Ron Berenato. All in attendance approved the motion.

By-Law Amendment

A proposal to amend the By-Laws to include the past President on the Executive Board for a one year period was discussed by JoAnn Gemenden. A motion to approve this amendment was made by Brian Costantino and seconded by Ernie Kulhwein. All in attendance approved the motion.


The meeting was adjourned.  Wayne DeFeo moved to adjourn the meeting and it was seconded by Steve Adams.


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.

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.

2005-04-13 – ANJHHWC Meeting Minutes

Location: Middlesex County Fire Training Academy in Sayreville, NJ
Prepared by JoAnn Gemenden

Call to Order – The meeting was opened by President Diana Vigilante at 9:45 a.m.

Elections – Fred Stanger, Chair of the nominating committee, presented his nominations for 2005. He made a motion to maintain the slate from 2004 as follows:

  • Diana Vigilante, President
  • Brian Constantino, Vice President
  • Carole Tolmachewich, Treasurer
  • JoAnn Gemenden, Secretary

John Cannata from Sussex County approved the motion, and Melinda Williams from Salem County seconded the motion.  All approved.

Treasurer’s Report – Carole Tolmachewich reported that thirteen (13) counties, one (1) business and two (2) individuals have paid dues for 2005. There is a $2400 balance in the budget.

Newsletter Subcommittee – Carole Tolmachewich reported that the Spring/Summer 2005 edition of the Household Hazardous Waste Coordinator was complete.  Copies for each county were available at the back of the room.

Carole thanked everyone who submitted articles and helped put the newsletter together.

Hazardous Waste EPA #’s – Diana Vigilante reminded everyone of her recent email regarding EPA ID#’s.  Counties are not required to pay the hazardous waste fee associated with EPA ID numbers for hazardous waste days, but the DEP would like a list of those numbers for their records.  Diana asked that everyone provide an email with the listing of EPA ID numbers associated with HHW events.

Solid Waste Policy Group – Priscilla Hayes, Solid Waste Policy Group (SWPG)/ Marv Goodman, National Council on Paint Disposition (NCPD).   The SWPG and NCPD have been looking for cost-effective ways to recycle paint.  Collection and transportation tend to be the biggest cost factors involved.  The NCPD is now looking at using cargo containers for permanent facilities.  There are different size containers available for water-based and oil-based paints.

A typical 1 cubic yard Gaylord container holds 115 one-gallon containers of paint and is limited to 1-3 uses.  A truck holds 4,000 to 6,000 gallons of paint.

Cargo containers will maximize space by using special trays that will be stacked (also prevents spillage).  Twelve rows can be stacked and then plywood will separate the columns.  This will increase storage capacity 21-47% and decrease transportation costs.

They are proposing to use this system at Paint Retailer Sites such as Home Depot.

Rutgers is working to invent a new product made from waste paint and recycled plastic.  They are currently seeking funding to move beyond the test phase.

Paint Donations:  Looking to match up fresh paint from retailers with community groups and charities that need paint.   Anyone interested in getting more information should contact Marv Goodman at marvgoodman@comcast.net or call him at 732-309-2022.

DemanufacturingDave Thompson, Panasonic

Panasonic has been working to recycle CRT’s.  After attaining 15% post-consumer CRT glass, there is a realization that CRT’s are slowly disappearing.  Panasonic has now joined a coalition with 11 leading manufacturers to develop a comprehensive financing system for recycling.  They are looking at an Advanced Recovery Fee (ARF) that would be tagged on to new TV’s and computers and the money would be given back to States and Counties to promote demanufacturing programs.  There are 280 different brands of televisions and 450 brands of computers.

The ANJHHWC agreed to approach the New Jersey legislature to adopt an ARF

State Plan Update – Carol Tolmachewich, Larry Gindoff, JoAnn Gemenden, Mark Vangieri and Diana Vigilante all agreed to serve on a committee to review the New Jersey Solid Waste State Plan Update and prepare and submit comments on behalf of the ANJHHWC.

Battery Recycling – Shane Thompson – RBRC – In addition to recycling rechargeable batteries at no charge (transportation/disposal/recycling is paid by RBRC), RBRC has expanded to cell phone recycling.  Currently estimates indicate there are 129 million wireless users which will continue to grow.  Visit www.rbrc.org OR www.call2recycle.org .

NAHMMA Update – Fred Stanger, Middlesex County

NAHMMA is looking at forming State Chapters and they are looking to Indiana and New Jersey first as we are the only two states that are incorporated (our Association is in the beginning stages of incorporation). Discussion ensued among members as to the pro’s (uniformity, gives NJ a voice) and con’s (have to meet requirements, $ to join) about joining.  All agreed that Fred Stanger should continue discussions as liaison from our Association.

NJDEP Update – Robin Heston followed up on our discussion from our December meeting regarding brokering of waste.  She reported that public agencies are exempt from A901` background check and we can accept waste from schools at our HHW events (if they are CESQG’s!!).

She also reported that the Mercury Switch bill was passed and signed.  Dismantlers will have to remove mercury switched from vehicles.

The Mercury Source Reduction Brochures are available.  She asked that each county pick up the quantity they ordered before they leave today.

Adjournment – Meeting was adjourned at 12:35 pm.

2004-09-21 – ANJHHWC Meeting Minutes

Location: Rutgers University EcoComplex Environmental Research
1200 Florence-Columbus Rd.,Bordentown, NJ
Prepared by JoAnn Gemenden,
(Hip-Hip double Hooray for JoAnn!!!  Thank You:)

Guest Speaker

Mike Hastry, DEP, Division of Hazardous Waste

Mike Hastry stated that DEP inspections of county waste events/facilities were supposed to start in July of 2004.  They have been doing spot inspections and complaint follow-ups but routine inspections have not started yet.

Ann Williams from Burlington County asked if the County’s could be provided with a list of what the DEP would be looking for on these inspections.  Mike said that is not available yet, but other inspection forms are available on their website.  Go to www.state.nj.us/dep/enforcement and click on Compliance Assistance Resources.

Mike Hastry also reported that the NJDEP rescinded all fees for County facilities and events.  For those counties that paid, please let Mike Hastry know so they can issue you a check back.

The Association agreed to develop a list of EPA Generator numbers used by County’s for Household Hazardous Waste programs to provide to the NJDEP for reference purposes.

NJDEP Update

Robin Heston also spoke about the Mercury Program.  She indicated the Source Reduction Brochure would be available November 15th.  She asked each county to provide her with a number of how many brochures they would want.

Robin also reported that Triple AAA is doing a “Switch the Switch” program during the month of October for AAA members.

Sondra Flite also asked all County Coordinators to read the “Source Reduction Section” of the Draft State Plan when it is posted on the website.  Please pass on any comments or any ideas on how to accomplish source reduction goals outlined in the plan.

October 25, 2004 is the public hearing on the Mercury Switch Rule to be held at 401 E. State Street in Trenton.

County Update

  • Mark Vangieri from Bergen County reported that Bergen County received a $10,000 Dell Grant.  They had one event planned but have now expanded to three (3) events in one day.

Ron Potter – MXI Environmental Services

His company is a hazardous and solid waste transporter with a facility in Virginia and Piscataway, NJ.  Ron provided an overview of the services available from his company.