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2015-03-31 Meeting Minutes

Association of New Jersey Household Hazardous Waste Coordinators Meeting
March 31, 2015
Mountain View Golf Course – 11:00am

Welcome and Introductions

ANJHHWC President Daniel Napoleon called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone.  Meeting began with self-introductions.

President Napoleon stated that the By –Law Amendment had been sent to the membership and voted on electronically. All members approved the amendment.  A motion was moved by Larry Gindoff and seconded by Chuck Giacobbe to approve the electronic vote and accept the amendment. Motion was approved by all without objection.

A motion was made to approve the minutes from the December 9, 2014 meeting.  Minutes were approved by Ernie Kuhlwein and seconded by Wayne DeFeo. 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 $22,821.49… the report was accepted by the membership.  Chris stated that membership dues constituted the majority of the Association’s revenue.  Ron Berenato moved to accept the report and Fred Stanger seconded the motion.  Motion was approved by all in attendance.

E-Waste Update

Jim Entwistle reviewed Assemblyman Burzichellis’ Bill A4235.  He provided a handout which summarized the bill and compared it to the draft amendments that were previously submitted.

NJDEP Update

Guy Watson reminded everyone that manufacturers are in charge of the electronics recycling program in NJ – they have no obligation to work with each County – only to establish a free and convenient program.  He also stated that leveling the playing field between in state and out of state recyclers would be difficult as NJDEP has no enforcement powers outside of NJ.  Guy also said DEP might consider the elimination of the return share formula in favor of market share which would eliminate target weights.  Lastly, upon discussion that the numbers reported by manufacturers may not be true, Guy informed us that one Pennsylvania company has commitments for 45% of the total 2015 targets.

Paint Care Update

Ed Waters stated the bill has had its second reading in both Senate Committees.  The large box stores are still opposing the legislation for two reasons. They are generally fearful of EPR (Extended Producer Responsibility) laws and that they will “spread” to other items.   They also want the paint tax to be instituted at point of sale and for the retail store to print an explanation of the tax on the receipt.  Ed Waters is working with Senator Beech’ office to allay these concerns and are hoping the full Senate will pass it by June.

Paint Care, A Year in Review

Laura Honis, Connecticut Paint Care Representative, provided an overview of Connecticut and Rhode Island Paint Care program which has been operational for almost 18 months.  She stated that after the law was passed she was responsible for outreach to the stores to find collection sites. Paint care has partnered with 106 stores, numerous transfer stations and regional HHW programs.  Paints collected go to either Clean Harbors or MXI for disposal.  Last year 8 paint only collection events were hosted by Paint Care and several others are scheduled for 2015.

President Daniel Napoleon announced several upcoming events:

  • SWANA – April 13 & 14, 2015 in AC
  • DOT Hazardous Materials Transportation Training Feb/March 2016 will be scheduled over the next few months.

Report by Nominating Committee/Elections – Fred Stanger nominated the existing slate of officers:  President Daniel Napoleon, Vice President JoAnn Gemenden, Treasurer Chris Sikorski and Secretary Diana Vigilante.

Motion to accept the existing slate of officers was made by Larry Gindoff and seconded by Wayne DeFeo. Motion was approved by all without objection.

Debris Cleanup Chart

Vice President JoAnn Gememden circulated a chart received from Robin Heston pertaining to Debris Management Cleanup.  We will send members the chart electronically and solicit their input.  Vice President Gemenden stated that ANJHHWC may want to consider printing a tri-fold flyer with ANJHHWC information and county HHW info on the other side.


The meeting was adjourned at 1:30pm on a  motion by Fred Stanger and second by Ron Berenato.


2011-11-17 – NJDEP Free Seminar on Regulated Medical Waste and Hazardous Pharmaceutical Waste

Notice of a a free November 17, 2011 NJDEP seminar regarding regulated medical and pharmaceutical waste was recently announced by NJDEP.  The information below provides the NJDEP announcement.
Regulated Medical Waste and Hazardous Pharmaceutical Waste. The seminar will be held on November 17, 2011 from 8:00 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. at the New Jersey Forensic Science Technology Center (1200 Negron Drive in Hamilton, NJ). Registration will start at 8:00 a.m., and the seminar will begin promptly at 8:45 a.m. Directions to the facility are available at:


This seminar will provide a thorough overview of both Regulated Medical Waste (RMW) and Hazardous (RCRA) Pharmaceutical Waste regulations. Commercial and Non-Commercial Medical Waste Facilities, Generators, Transporters, Destination and Destruction Facilities, Laboratories, Transfer and Treatment Facilities will benefit from attending this seminar. Any facility that also generates RCRA Pharmaceutical Waste should find the seminar helpful.

We have tentatively decided on the following agenda for this seminar:

Morning Session:

“Welcome/Update on DEP Transformation & Stewardship” – DEP Speaker TBD “Regulated Medical Waste – Rules, Registration & Reports” – DEP Speaker TBD “Regulated Medical Waste – Best Management Practices” – Consultant/Transporter “Regulated Medical Waste – An Inspectors Viewpoint” – DEP Speaker TBD Q&A – Panel TBD

Lunch – On your own

Afternoon Session:

“Is My Regulated Medical Waste also a RCRA Hazardous Waste?” – DEP Speaker TBD “RCRA Pharmaceutical Waste – An Inspectors Viewpoint” – DEP Speaker TBD “RCRA Pharmaceutical Waste – Best Management Practices” – Consultant/Transporter Q&A – Panel TBD

Seating is limited, so sign-up now! To register complete and submit the registration questionnaire found at:

http://www.state.nj.us/dep/enforcement/hw_seminar.html. You are welcome to bring other individuals from your business or organization, but please complete a registration questionnaire for them as well.
It will be worthwhile for you to send at least one employee to this seminar. The person you send will be provided with loads of information that they can bring back and teach to the rest of your employees

We hope to see you there. If you have any questions or need further information please call or send an email.

Bret Reburn, Principal Environmental Specialist Department of Environmental Protection Hazardous Waste Compliance & Enforcement

Telephone: (609) 292-3949

Fax: (609) 292-3970

2010-05-25 – ANJHHWC Meeting Minutes

Draft Minutes- ANJHHWC Meeting of May 25, 2010:

Call to Order – President Ron Berenato opened the meeting at 9:25 a.m. by welcoming all at the Waterfront Baseball Park (Suite PP).  Additionally, Ron thanked Daniel Napoleon for the help he and his staff provided in obtaining this room for the meeting.

Focusing On Electronics Keeping Our Eye on the Ball

Guy Watson, NJDEP started up the discussion by providing some updates on what the NJDEP is working on with respect to the implementation of New Jersey’s pending statewide electronics management program.

  • There will be a meeting on this topic for stakeholders sponsored the NJDEP scheduled for June 10, 2010 and it will take place at the Burlington County Eco-Complex.  More details will come out soon.
  • Preliminary national sales data for TVs will soon be released by the NJDEP and sent to manufacturers for their review and comment.  The manufacturers’ plans are due to the NJDEP by August 15, 2010 with the implementation due to start at the beginning of 2011.  Guy stated that NJ’s statewide program and the manufactures’ proportional calculation of this sales data most resembles those used by Washington State. The only real difference is that Washington also includes schools and institutions in their calculation where New Jersey’s calculation does not.
  • It was also mentioned that Senator Smith has a bill posted, S.1977, that may impact on some of the implementation of the pending program so we will have to watch to see if the bill gets adopted and what it contains.  Andriana Kontovrakos of Sims Recycling Solutions stated they have seen some of the elements in this bill and plan on providing comments on it to Senator Smith.

Manufacturers Recycling Management Company (MRM) was represented by Frank Marella and David Thompson.  David provided and introduction to MRM and described how economies of scale help MRM achieve its goal, as well as the state’s goal, of providing comprehensive electronics management programs.  MRM currently works with about 35 different electronics manufacturers as well as most of the major TV manufactures although Samsung is currently not one of them.  It is MRM’s intention to submit a plan that meets the NJDEP’s guidelines.  Additionally, MRM will offer to other manufacturers the ability to sign on to the MRM program as a means for them to meet their own obligations.  This in turn should help MRM achieve the desired economies of scale to make the program successful.

With respect to the demanufacturers selected to manage the e-waste, MRM has a requirement of no-export and that no prison labor be used.  After that, MRM evaluates the demanufacturers’ processes, performance as well as price.  While MRM tends to use previously selected demanufacturing companies that they have relationships with and have be already approved, MRM is not against using new demanufacturers in local markets where they establish new programs.  They just first have to audit and approve any new companies.  With respect to standards and accreditation, MRM accepts R2 with the additional no-export, no prison labor requirement.  Additionally, they will accept the E-stewards standard but this requires the demanufacturers to audit themselves in accordance with E-stewards’ standards.

Since Walter Acorn has taken a new position Frank Marella is going to continue with the outreach effort that Walter previously began with several of the NJ counties.  Frank Marella has been with MRM since its founding and actually lives in NJ.  Frank mentioned that MRM runs the largest program in Oregon which itself runs the largest and most successful electronics management program in the country.

While MRM works with most of the TV manufacturers in the country, it varies from state to state.  Manufactures can sign up with MRM at their website, http://www.MRMRecycling.com but what exactly participation with MRM entails varies based on the regulations in each individual state and the program established by MRM in response to such regulations.

With the soon to be released NJDEP manufacturers’ obligation targets, MRM and the manufacturers will soon know the extent of what they have to collect.  The challenge is to set up a statewide network in advance of when the program begins and then to persuade the individual manufacturers to sign on to the MRM program.  People should appreciate the difficulty and the coordination effort that MRM undertakes in establishing new programs and getting manufacturers signed up.

Discussion next ensued about CRT glass recycling and the difficulty in accomplishing it with the severely limited markets that are available.  Jim Entwistle of Newtech Recycling mentioned how if you can even find a market for the glass it’s becoming harder to use them because more work is now required to clean glass to the point that it is acceptable to the glass markets.  Glass recycling is accomplished by exporting the glass which is acceptable only after it has been properly cleaned.  The cleaning of the glass in preparation for export was next discussed in some detail.

JoAnn Gemenden inquired about how MRM can partner with counties, especially since counties have existing contracts to handle the E-waste and these contracts may not have the requirements like no export, no prison labor, that MRM has.  Mr. Thompson responded by stating they still have to figure out how it makes sense to work with local governments and local demanufacturers in New Jersey.  MRM has not yet audited and/or approved any facilities in New Jersey.  The question still unanswered for counties is whether the new programs to begin in 2011 will replace the programs currently run by primarily counties or will there be a need to run the new manufacturer-based programs with the county programs in parallel and over-lapping until the manufacturer programs establish themselves as the default way to manage these materials in New Jersey?

Concerns were expressed about a program like MRM’s anticipated one and the issue of them closing down once their reach their target.  A credit system for the material handled will be established by NJDEP that will hopefully eliminate this concern.  The concept is that a company that collects more than its target could be paid in credits by companies that collected less than their targets as a way to reward those that do more than their pro-rated shares while punishing those that do not do enough.  The trick is in pricing the credits as commodities so they induce the desired outcome.
Mr. Watson stated he expects the first year of NJ’s programs to look similar to Washington’s programs with an estimated annual generation of E-waste to be about 5 lbs. per person.  This would be significantly higher than what has been collected before since it will be under a mandated program as opposed to the voluntary program which has been operating in the past.

Mr. Thompson raised a concern that if MRM sets up a comprehensive program in accordance with New Jersey’s requirements and approved by the NJDEP and if targets were not reached that MRM would be penalized in the form of having to pay for credits.  In essence, “if they build it and no one comes” scenario is concerning to MRM to make sure they don’t want to get penalized after putting forth an honest effort. Mr. Watson stated it would not be the NJDEP desire to penalize such an outcome but the NJDEP will be looking at the programs prior to approving them to make sure they are comprehensive and compliant with the requirements of the law.

Mr. Thompson said that in other states they work with localities as being part of the mix within the MRM program but it changes state to state.  Sometimes they run one-day events on their own; sometimes they provide an outlet for material from one-day events run by a locality.  MRM will do what is required to be an appropriate part of the solution as they are required to do so but what the proper mix is in New Jersey still remains to be seen.  Rich Baroch suggested NJDEP notify municipalities and haulers as the 2011 implementation deadline approaches about the law and the fact that it will be illegal to collect this material from then on for disposal as opposed to recycling.

RBRC Update Todd Ellis of the RBRC gave an update on the Call2Recycle program in New Jersey.  With respect to tonnage of batteries collected under the program, in January and February, 2010 the numbers were down compared to 2009 but the previous 2 months (March and April) we have seen a rebound in the tonnage collected.  There has been a lot more education, press releases and advertisements going out at the beginning of spring 2010 promoting the Call2Recycle program so maybe that has had an impact on the results.  Mr. Ellis stated the RBRC plans on doing a postcard mailing to public agencies and emergency services to tell them about the Call2Recycle program and to hopefully get them onboard.

JoAnn Gemenden gave an update from the Battery Subcommittee on the spending program to promote this program.  In total, the ANJHHWC started with $17,000 budget with most of the money coming from the RBRC with $1,000 matching partnership contributions by Covanta and the ANJHHWC.  After spending money on some newspaper and online advertising as well as printing posters there is $8,500 remaining in the spending plan.  Much of this is to be spent on billboard advertising.  Additionally, the ANJHHWC should also produce some radio public service announcements promoting the program.

Finally, JoAnn stated that EPA may have a grant available for environmental partnerships, which the ANJHHWC has already established with Covanta and RBRC, to promote items such as our battery program.  Larry Gindoff made a motion to have the existing Battery Subcommittee look into applying for the grant.  This was seconded by Diana Vigilante.

Adjournment: Meeting was adjourned at approx. 11:00.

Executive Board Meeting – The executive board conducted one if its required quarterly meeting between 11:15 and 11:45 following the adjournment of the regular meeting.  Discussions included agreeing that for all meetings, non-members will be assessed at $25 premium over the cost of the meeting to members if they want to attend.  This fee may be waived for those presenting at the meeting but we should make an effort to solicit new members to join especially since we are now involved and spear-heading several pertinent topics such as electronics and battery recycling.

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.