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Minutes – January 25, 2018 Coordinators Meeting

Association of New Jersey Household Hazardous Waste Coordinators Meeting

Revere Restaurant, Trenton, NJ

Welcome

ANJHHWC President JoAnn Gemenden called the meeting to order at 11:20 AM. Self-introductions followed.

Treasurer’s Report

Chris Sikorski provided the Treasurer’s report. The current balance is $23,318.07. There is a revised membership renewal form for 2018 which will be posted on the website.

Meeting Minutes

Fred Stanger asked for approval of the meeting minutes from the meetings held on April 6, 2017 and September 27, 2017. Ms. Vigilante made a motion to approve, Mr. Napoleon seconded the motion and was passed with one abstention from Ms. Gismondi for the April meeting.

Also of note, a 2018 Vendor list was circulated to the membership and feedback was requested to update as needed.

Paint Care Update

Ed Waters began by expressing his appreciation to the membership for their support last year. Unfortunately, no bills were passed during the last session. With a new Governor and a new session, efforts to reintroduce the Paint Care Bill will be forthcoming. There are plans to tweak some of the language and ANJHHWC will be kept informed of the changes.

The Senate bill will continue to be sponsored by James Beach and may potentially be adding Senator Smith as a co-sponsor. The Assembly bill will continue to be sponsored by Tim Eustice and are working on adding a co-sponsor.

There is new support for the legislation from the New Jersey Painters Union as well as the NJ Main Street Alliance, a business group that is conscious of sustainability issues. Opposition remains from the Merchants Association because the fee is not indicated as a line item on the receipt when buying paint.

NAHMMA

ANJHHWC joined NAHMMA for 2018 as per approval by the members at the last meeting. The national conference in 2018 will be held late August in Portland Maine. Two of ANJHHWC’s officers are involved in planning committees for the national conference. ANJHHWC has asked Victoria Hodge, current NAHMMA president, to speak at the next ANJHHWC meeting.

Open Discussion

JoAnn Gemenden mentioned working with Covanta to keep mercury thermostats out of the waste stream. Covanta is offering $5.00 gift cards to Home Depot for residents that drop off a mercury thermostat.

Carrie Rovere from MXI reported on several new recycled products that MXI has been developing including recycled chalk paint, recycled latex paint and recycled latex driveway sealer.

Chris Kassmann from Reverse Logistics thanked everyone he was been working with to set up e-waste recycling programs for municipalities / counties and mentioned that the NJ DEP has not yet approved manufacturer plans for 2018.

Nominating Committee

Monica Gismondi and Brian Costantino are on the nominating committee and anyone interested in becoming a board member, please reach out to either Monica or Brian prior to the elections at the next meeting. The next meeting will take place on Wednesday March 28 in Ocean County. Save the Date and meeting agenda are forthcoming.

Up Coming Events

ANJHHWC: March 28, 2018, Ocean County Recycling Education Center, Lakewood, NJ

SWANA NJ Chapter: April 12-13, 2018, Tropicana, Atlantic City, NJ

ANJR: April 30, 2018, Annual Meeting, EcoComplex, Bordentown, NJ

NJ WasteWise Business Network: May 10, 2018, Hamilton, NJ

NAHMMA National Conference: August 27-31, 2018, Portland, ME

Adjournment

A motion was made by Ms. Moore to adjourn, seconded by both Mr. Napoleon and Ms. Pointin. The meeting was adjourned at 12:25.

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Minutes – September 27, 2017 Coordinators Meeting

Association of New Jersey Household Hazardous Waste Coordinators Meeting

Jenkinson’s Inlet, Point Pleasant, NJ

Welcome

ANJHHWC President JoAnn Gemenden called the meeting to order at 11:30 AM. Self-introductions followed.

2017 NAHMMA conference

JoAnn Gemenden reported attending the national NAHMMA (North American Hazardous Materials Management Association) conference in Clearwater, FL in August. She heard topics on e-cigarettes, medicine/sharps disposal, and smoke detector disposal services to name a few. The 2018 NAHMMA conference will be in Portland, Maine. JoAnn Gemenden and Fred Stanger are both on planning committees for the 2018 conference. JoAnn suggested that ANJHHWC join NAHMMA as a non-profit member in order for ANJHHWC members to receive discount benefits to attend the national NAHMMA next year. Diana Vigilante made a motion to join NAHMMA, Monica Gismondi seconded the motion, and the motion passed without opposition.

By-Laws Update

Various changes over the years were not incorporated into the by-laws as posted on the website. President Gemenden and Secretary Stanger met to review the current version and proposed changes and amendments as necessary. Amendments included adding page numbers, deleting the State membership category, adding Municipal to the County Associate category, and addressing meeting fees, to name a few. A motion was made by Ernie Kuhlwein, seconded by Wayne DeFeo, and the motion passed.

Paint Care Update

Ed Waters reported that the current legislature will not be meeting until after the election in November. He’s hoping to rejuvenate efforts to re-introduce Paint Care legislation after the election. Big box stores continue to be opposed to such legislation, but there are two new supporters, the Painters Union and the NJ Main Street Alliance, a business group that is conscious of sustainability issues. Sponsors for the bill include Senator James Beach and Assemblyman Tim Eustice. ANJHHWC will be updating the paint survey to report total amounts of paint collected in 2015 and 2016 to provide supporting evidence of the need for the legislation.

Treasurer’s Report

Chris Sikorski provided the Treasurer’s report. Chris reported a recent expense of $184.95 to pay for website hosting fees / domain name renewal for the next 5 years and the registration and hotel fees for the NAHMMA conference. The current balance is $22,510.67. Membership renewals will be arriving next year for 2018.

Up Coming Events

ANJHHWC – An informal gathering around the winter holidays was suggested, waiting until early 2018 for the Holiday Business Meeting.

ANJR – Oct. 18, Annual Symposium at Jumping Brook in Neptune and Nov. 4 is the 5-K race at Dukes Island Park in Somerset County.

Final Notes

A congratulatory acknowledgement was made of Chuck Giacobbe’s pending retirement at the end of 2017, with an open invitation to attend any and all future ANJHHWC meetings.

An assortment of recycling promotional items from various Counties were made available to take home.

Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned.

Minutes – April 6, 2017 Coordinators Meeting

Association of New Jersey Household Hazardous Waste Coordinators Meeting

Ocean County Recycling Education Center

Welcome

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.

NJDEP

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.

 Adjournment

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

Minutes – September 14, 2016 Coordinators Meeting

Association of New Jersey Household Hazardous Waste Coordinators Meeting

Jenkinson’s Inlet, Point Pleasant, NJ

Welcome

ANJHHWC President Daniel Napoleon called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone. He thanked everyone for attending.

A motion was made to approve the minutes from the April 6, 2016 meeting by Larry Gindoff and seconded by Chuck Giacobbe.  There were no comments or changes to the minutes.  All in attendance approved the motion.

Treasurer’s Report

Chris Sikorski provided the Treasurer’s report.  He reported the ANJHHWC’s account balance is currently $24,237.24.  Chris Sikorski stated all memberships had been received.  Melinda Williams moved to accept the Treasurer’s report and Renee Casapula seconded the motion. All in attendance approved the motion.

Financial Review: a review of the 2015 financial records was conducted by members Melissa Harvey and Wayne DeFeo and was found to be in order.

NJDEP Update

Ed Nieliwocki from NJDEP stated that all but 5 counties have submitted their 2015 REA grant applications; the application deadline is Dec. 31, 2016.  Ed Nieliwocki said that he is trying to get the 2016 REA grant application out to all counties by the end of this year.  Ed also stated that NJDEP continues with their Data Management program and may have the Transporter Reports online in the near future.

Paint Care Update

Assemblyman Timothy Eustace has replaced Assemblywoman Grace Spencer as the Chair of the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee.  Ed Waters reported that they do not expect Paint Care Legislation, A1373, to see any movement prior to the election.  Ed said he may try to set up a meeting between Assemblyman Eustace and ANJHHWC leadership to ensure his understanding and support.

Waste Stream Challenge: Radioactive Waste and Single Use Battery Recycling

This discussion was postponed until Tuesday, September 20 at the Recycling Coordinator’s meeting in Ocean County.

Adjournment

 The meeting was adjourned.  Melissa Harvey moved to adjourn the meeting and it was seconded by JoAnn Gemenden.

Minutes – April 6, 2016 Coordinators Meeting

Association of New Jersey Household Hazardous Waste Coordinators Meeting

April 6, 2016

Ocean County Recycling Education Center – 10:00am

 Welcome and Introductions

ANJHHWC President Daniel Napoleon called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone. He “Thanked” Ernie Kuhlwein for hosting our meeting. Meeting continued with self-introductions.

A motion was made to approve the minutes from the January 19, 2016 meeting by Chuck Giacobbe and seconded by Wayne De Feo.  There were no comments on the minutes.  All in attendance approved the motion.

Treasurer’s report

Chris Sikorski provided the Treasurer’s report.  He reported the ANJHHWC’s account balance is currently $22, 873.22.  Chris Sikorski stated memberships are still coming in. Only one outstanding invoice remains to be collected from the DOT training held in February. Monica Gismondi moved to accept the Treasurer’s report and Melinda Williams seconded the motion. All in attendance approved the motion.

DOT Training

Melissa Harvey handed out the training certificates.  Diana Vigilante stated that the Association will inquire about obtaining pocket size DOT cards and is still working on getting the “49 CFR Parts 100-186 Haz Mat Books” for 30.00 each.

E-Waste

Dan Napoleon stated he had received a call from Guy Watson stating Guy had a meeting with the Commissioner, Assemblyman McKeon, Senator Smith and the Governor’s Office today and would not attend our meeting.  DEP has provided changes and revisions to the legislation.  DEP has also met with those opposing the bill (Industry and Business Associations) to understand their opposition and possibly work things out.

Enforcement Action:

34 letters were sent out Feb. 5 and 5 letters went out on Feb. 9th to Sony, Samsung, Vizio, LG and Panasonic. DEP has received approximately $100K in fines which went into the general fund.

The Commissioner will send out the agreement to stakeholders for comments between now and May when the revised legislation comes up for a vote.

Brian Costantino stated that Camden County has cancelled their collection of e-waste at the landfill which generated approximately 495,000 lbs. in 2015.

Paint Care Update

Ed Waters stated that Paint Care legislation was pocket vetoed in January and the bill has been reintroduced: A-1373 and S-986 to be voted on come May.

Waste Stream Challenge: Oxygen Cylinders

Disposal of compressed gas cylinders seems to be a problem for some counties….with very few outlets. Several coordinators stated they have included language in their HHW bids that “compressed gas cylinders” are to be accepted at their HHW events.

Next Waste Stream Challenge is Smoke Detectors and Exits Signs.

Website Committee

Larry Gindoff, Fred Stanger, Dan Napoleon and JoAnn Gemenden will meet to work on this issue.

Upcoming Events

President Daniel Napoleon announced the SWANA Conference – April 18-19, 2016 at Tropicana in AC. Brian Costantino will represent ANJHHWC and give a power point presentation on ANJHHWC.

President Daniel Napoleon asked for a volunteer to review the financial records of 2015.  Both Melissa Harvey and Wayne De Feo volunteered.

Report by the Nominating Committee/Elections

The Nominating Committee consisting of Brian Costantino and Fred Stanger reported that they moved the existing slate of officer for one additional year: Dan Napoleon – President, JoAnn Gemenden – Vice President, Chris Sikorski – Treasurer and Diana Vigilante – Secretary.

The committee opened the process up to the floor for any additional nominations…..there being no additional nominations the discussions was closed.

A motion to approve the current slate of officers was made by Monica Gismondi and seconded by Chuck Giacobbe.  All in attendance approved the motion.

Social/Meeting Event

President Daniel Napoleon will look into holding a meeting at a baseball game or at Jenkinson’s in Pt. Pleasant.

Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 12:00pm.  Wayne De Feo moved to adjourn the meeting and it was seconded by Ernie Kuhlwein.