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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.


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.

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.

2002-01-10 – ANJHHWC Meeting Minutes

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



  • Fred Stanger, Middlesex County Solid Waste Management
  • Laura Macpherson, Morris County MUA
  • Diane Vigilante, Somerset County Solid Waste Management
  • 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
  • Ken Atkinson, Gloucester County Improvement Authority
  • Carol Tolmachewich, Middlesex County Division of Solid Waste Mgmt.
  • Alaine Fortier, Monmouth County Health Department
  • John Cannata, Sussex Couny MUA
  • Joann Gemenden, Union County Environmental Services
  • Marian Swiankowski, Union County Environmental Services
  • Bill Carner, Warren County PA


  • Michael Winka, NJDEP
  • Robin Heston, NJDEP
  • Charlie D’Amico, NJDEP
  • Pricilla Hayes, New Jersey Solid Waste Policy Group


  • Edith Compton, Radiac Research Corp.
  • Josephine Torriero, Radiac Research Corp.
  • Elizabeth Hauge Sword, Childrens Health Environmental Coalition
  • Donnie Strader, ECOFLO, North Carolina
  • Michelle Santa Barbara, ECOFLO, North Carolina


Diane Vigilante opened the meeting at 9:45 a.m.

Performance Partnership Agreement in relationship with the Appliance and Vehicle Mercury Switch and Recovery Incentive Program

Mike Winka (NJDEP) discussed the specifics of the Performance Partnership Agreement in relationship with the Appliance and Vehicle Mercury Switch and Recovery Incentive Program. Evidently, mercury emissions continue to be a problem in New Jersey. Back in 1990, NJDEP targeted resource recovery facilities to reduce mercury emissions from batteries and mercury containing devices. Industry-wide efforts along with the dry cell battery management act have reduced the mercury emissions dramatically. The present target is the scrap metal and smelter industry. Mercury switches are common items found in automobiles and appliances.

This agreement will

  1. Propose and adopt mercury reduction legislation that would phase out the quantity of mercury in products and would ban from sale products that exceed the limits. A list of mercury containing products would be banned from disposal with the product manufacturers establish and fund an end of life program.
  2. Adopt the universal waste rule for mercury-containing devices, which would allow proper management without over regulating.
  3. Reduce air emissions from scrap metal smelting facilities by requiring air pollution control devices within three years if front-end reduction programs do not reach the required emission parameters. Front end reduction means scrap dealers and shredders will be required to remove mercury switches before they reach a smelter or mill.

ANJHHWC group held a discussion and voted yes to be a part of this partnership agreement.

Environmental Toxins and the Effects on Children

Elizabeth Sword (Children’s Health Environmental Coalition) spoke about environmental toxins and the effects on children. She mentioned that 80,000 new chemicals have been developed since World War 2. Only a small percentage (10%) of these chemicals have been tested and studied. What effects do these chemicals have on the human body and environment? Elizabeth discussed several examples such as leaded gasoline and the effects on the environment, the link to Parkinson’s disease from chemical exposure and the drastic increase in childhood asthma linked to chemical exposure. Elizabeth concluded by stating 28% of kids health problems today are caused by environmental factors.

The Children’s Health Environmental Coalition is a national, non-profit organization of parents, scientists, physicians committed to protecting children from exposure to dangerous toxins in our homes, schools and communities.

NJDEP Tire Recycling Grant Fund

The NJDEP Tire Recycling grant fund was discussed among the group. According to the NJDEP, only the Counties with illegal tire pile-ups will receive the $2.4 million dollars allocated for the 2002 tire grant. This policy will prohibit the remaining Counties from obtaining additional funding for tire recycling. This decision by NJDEP has not been finalized. The NJDEP states they will allocate the remaining funds, if available, to the remaining Counties that did not qualify for the initial criteria.

NJDEP Update

Robin Heston – New Jersey’s draft universal waste rule amendments proposed on December 17, 2001. Expected adoption in May 2002. The amendments will add four new universal wastes. They are consumer electronics, fluorescent bulbs, mercury containing devices and oil based paints. The current Federal universal wastes are batteries, spent pesticides, thermostats and hazardous waste lamps. The universal waste rules can be found at NJAC 7:26A-7. To be considered universal waste, all universal waste must be sent for recycling at an approved Class D facility. Otherwise, it must be handled as hazardous waste.

County Update

Each County representative briefly discussed the extent of his or her County HHW program schedule for the upcoming 2002 season.

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. The contact information is Ecoflo 2750 Patterson Street, Greensboro, NC 27407.
  • Radiac Research Corp. had no new news except they are Bidding County programs and are presently preparing for the 2002 HHW events.


There being no other business, the meeting was adjourned at 12:25 p.m.