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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.

2002-11-07 – ANJHHWC Meeting Minutes

Location: Somerville, Somerset County, NJ.
Prepared by Richard Baroch, Bergen County Utilities Authority (Hip-Hip double Hooray for Rich!!!  Thank You:)



  • Fred Stanger, Middlesex County Solid Waste Management
  • Diane Vigilante, Somerset County Solid Waste Management
  • Laura Macpherson, Morris County MUA
  • Richard Baroch, Bergen County Utilities Authority
  • Mark Vangieri, Bergen County Utilities Authority
  • Brian Constantino, Camden County Div. of Env. Affairs
  • Chuck Giacobbe, Camden County Div. of Env. Affairs
  • Carol Tolmachewich, Middlesex County Division of Solid Waste Mgmt.
  • Joel Grimm, Monmouth County Health Department
  • Joann Gemenden, Union County Environmental Services
  • Bill Carner, Warren County PCFA
  • Vic Camporine, Warren County PCFA
  • Melissa Harvey, Somerset County


  • Sondra Flight, NJDEP
  • Robin Heston, NJDEP
  • Anthony Fontana, NJDEP
  • Karen Kritz, NJ Dept. of Agriculture


  • Donnie Strader, ECOFLO
  • Arick McDonald, ECOFLO
  • Beth Berglund, Merck & Co, Inc.
  • Mario Ianiero, AERC Recycling Solutions
  • Tim Staiano, Onyx Environmental Services
  • John Schantz, Onyx Environmental Services


Fred Stanger opened the meeting at 9:45a.m.with opening introductions.


Mr. Stanger introduced some policy changes to the Association of New Jersey Household Hazardous Waste Coordinators Constitution and By-Laws. The major change included a minimum of two (2) yearly meeting instead of the present four (4) quarterly meetings along with some minor language changes to replace telegram notification with e-mail notification. Since changes were recommended in the By-Laws a vote was conducted and passed by ANJHHWC members.

General Issues

Mr. Stanger discussed the status of ANJHHWC membership and encouraged attendees to pick up the 2003 membership forms for completion.

Mr. Stanger discussed 40 hr. hazwopper training and 8 hour refresher training. He also referenced the internet as a great source of literature on education, siting multiple sites for information. One site reference was made about INFORM. A report called “Cleaning for Health: Products and Practices for a Safer Indoor Environment” was recently published to help indoor air quality in office buildings, schools and hospitals by switching to “greener cleaners”. Changing cleaners used by janitorial staff will increase indoor air quality for the building occupants and janitorial workers. The report is a one-stop guide to environmentally preferable cleaning products and methods that have been effectively used in the USA and Canada. To review the report visit www.informinc.org/CFHbook.htm.

NJDEP and State Update

Robin Heston (NJDEP) discussed the recent regulation changes with consumer electronics. NJDEP adopted amendments to the universal waste rule to include consumer electronics. The amendment to the rule will be operative on December 17, 2002. Counties presently operating under the pilot project will have to notify the NJDEP in writing prior to December 17th as to whether the facility will operate as a small quantity universal waste handler or a large quantity handler. A large quantity handler means a handler who accumulates greater than 5,000 kilograms of consumer electronics at any time. Both small and large quantity handlers need to follow EPA and DEP regulations. NJDEP will also require all electronic demanufacturing companies to obtain a Class D recycling facility permit. For complete regulations visit the EPA at www.epa.gov under Federal Universal Waste Rule (40 CFR part 273) and/or www.state.nj.us/dep/dshw under NJ Recycling Regulations. Questions regarding the recent rule changes can contact Ms. Heston at 609-984-6650.

Sondra Flight (NJDEP) discussed the BBQ propane cylinder disposal problem in NJ. She received several inquiries about a problem in Hudson County with a scrap metal shredder. They were receiving cylinders hidden in appliances and trunks of vehicles causing health and safety problems at the facility. She wanted to know if this was a problem throughout the state? The answer was yes with a group discussion that followed.

Anthony Fontana (NJDEP) Chief of the Bureau of Hazardous Waste & Transfer Facilities briefly discussed permitting requirements for permanent HHW facilities. The NJDEP enforcement units are currently targeting permanent HHW facilities for compliance. The NJDEP is looking to generate revenues to fund programs and NJDEP departments. Mr. Fontana said funding might also come from a cost per ton fee on disposal at landfills and transfer stations. A group discussion on used motor oil collection facilities centered on compliance with signage problems. To find out more about permitting requirements at hazardous waste & transfer facilities, Mr. Fontana can be reached at 609-292-9880.

Karen Kritz, NJ Department of Agriculture, discussed a recent pilot project in NJ that collects only HDPE plastic pesticide containers, nursery pots, planting flats and five (5) gallon buckets for recycling. Recently, Cumberland County, Burlington County and Sussex County hosted successful one-day collection events with farmers and nurseries. Some strict rules apply to the participants. Participants are required to triple rinse all HDPE containers and must thoroughly clean all buckets, pots and flats of dirt and debris. The one-day events operate by choosing a temporary site for collection. A contractor is hired by the NJ Department of Agriculture to screen the delivered material for acceptability and grind all of the collected plastic on site for recycling. The recycled flakes generated from the collection programs stay in the chemical industry to make containers and pots.

The NJ Dept. of Agriculture is looking to expand the pesticide container-recycling program with other Counties in NJ. To get more Counties involved a brief questionnaire was sent to all 21 Counties in NJ to see if there was interest with this recycling program.

To set-up a worthwhile pesticide container recycling program in your County please contact Karen Kritz at (609) 984-2506 or email her at karen.Kritz@ag.state.nj.us.

Beth Berglund, Merck and Co, Inc., discussed efforts by Merck to reduce mercury pollution in the environment. Merck would like to conduct a mercury thermometer exchange program in Somerset and Hunterdon Counties. Non mercury thermometers are limited so contact Ms. Berglund at 908-423-7835 if you are interested in setting up a program.

County Update

Each County representative briefly discussed the extent of his or her County HHW program schedule for the 2003 season.

  • Middlesex County -seven (7) one-day events, continual paint drop-off program, curbside HHW p/u program
  • Bergen County – seven (7) one-day events
  • Somerset County – five (5) one-day events
  • Union County – four (4) one-day events
  • Morris County – two (2) one-day events, permanent HHW facility opens three days per week by appointment only
  • Warren County – two (2) one-day events
  • Monmouth County – three (3) one-day events, permanent HHW facility opens five days per week by appointment only.
  • Camden County – five (5) one day events, three (3) paint-only events

Vendor Report

  • Donnie Strader (small business account manager) of Ecoflo gave a brief overview of their Hazardous Waste Company located in Greensboro, North Carolina. They do not have any treatment facilities in New Jersey. They will ship all waste to their TSD facility in North Carolina. He asked to be put on all future HHW bid lists. He provided a statement of qualifications for review. The contact information is Ecoflo 2750 Patterson Street, Greensboro, NC 27407 1-800-999-6510.
  • Tim Staino, Onyx Environmental Services, discussed business strategies regarding permanent and HHW events. He asked to be put on all future HHW bid lists. The contact information: Onyx Environmental Services, 1 Eden Lane, Flanders, NJ 07836 1-800-426-2382.


There being no other business, the meeting was adjourned at 12:34 p.m.

The next meeting has not been scheduled to date.