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2005-09-28 – ANJHHWC Meeting Minutes

Location: Monmouth County Landfill, Tinton Falls, NJ

 Meeting was opened by Alain Fortier from Monmouth County. 

ANJHHWC President Diana Vigilante thanked Monmouth County for being a gracious host.  Diana had everyone introduce themselves, as there were some new faces in the crowd. 

Guest Speaker

Mark Vangieri, Bergen County Utilities Authority, provided an overview of Bergen County’s upcoming pilot program for pharmaceuticals.  Several months back, NERC (Northeast Recycling Coalition) asked Counties if they would be interested in doing a pilot program for old prescription medicines during our HHW Events.  Bergen County was in the planning phase of having an event in the fall of 2005 when many practical issues arose that forced the pilot program to be postponed until June of 2006.  The issues included handling controlled substances as hazardous waste, the requirement to maintain a Chain of Custody for the items, whether the Prosecutors Office could offer residents amnesty, the need to have a pharmacist on site and so on.

A discussion ensued amongst the various counties and Mark promised to provide an overview of the program after June.

Consumer Electronics Update

Carole Tolmachewich from Middlesex County provided an update on the proposed current legislation for Consumer Electronics.  She and Fred Stanger attended a meeting at Assemblyman Barnes’ office along with representatives from Sharp and Panasonic.  Assemblyman Barnes is sponsoring a Producer Responsibility Bill, making companies responsible for taking their items back.  Middlesex County expressed a desire for bill that generated funding.  Assemblyman Barnes had no interest in the views expressed at this meeting.  He eventually would like to see curbside pickup of electronic waste.

Solid Waste Management Plan (SWMP)

The subcommittee that was formed at the last meeting met in October to review the amendments to the SWMP that pertained to Household Hazardous Waste (including electronics).  The committee drafted a letter outlining their comments and mailed it to the DEP.  The letter was sent out to the ANJHHWC membership.

School Lab Waste Program

JoAnn Gemenden mentioned that the CEHA (County Environmental Health Act) program has a School Lab Waste Initiative as part of their grant package for 2006.  Interested Counties would receive CEHA grant funds in exchange for visiting 20 schools, 10 must be high schools, and educating them relative to storage, disposal, etc.

NJDEP Update

Robin Heston spoke about the current restructuring of the DEP.  Currently there are three sections in Solid Waste, but after the restructuring there will only be two.

County Update

Dennis DeMatte from Cumberland County gave an overview of their pesticide collection program.  Participants must follow the triple rinse procedure for all containers.  Cumberland County then receives reimbursement for the plastics.

After the meeting, all were invited to go on a tour of the various solid waste and recycling services offered to residents of Monmouth County.  The tour included a very interesting tour around the landfill and an impressive walking tour of their permanent Household Hazardous Waste Facility.   Kudos to Monmouth County!!!!


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.

1999-09-09 – ANJHHWC Meeting Minutes

Location: Somerville, Somerset County, NJ.
Prepared by Fred Stanger (Hip-Hip Horay for Fred!!!)


County Representatives

  • Rich Baroch, Bergen County
  • Greg Hulse, Monmouth County
  • Mark Vangieri, Bergen County
  • Laura Macpherson, Morris County
  • Ken Atkinson, Gloucester County
  • Larry Gindoff, Morris County
  • Mary-Ellen Gilpin, Hudson County
  • B. Ellie Arnould, Passaic County
  • Nick Staniewicz, Hudson County
  • Diana Vigilante, Somerset County
  • Fred Stanger, Middlesex County
  • John Cannata, Sussex County
  • Carole Tolmachewich, Middlesex County
  • JoAnn Gemenden, Union County
  • Alain Fortier, Monmouth County
  • William Carner, Warren County

Other Attendees

  • John V. Tekin Jr, Radiac Research Corp.
  • Mike Adelsberger, Curbside Inc.
  • Rich Rosfjord, NJIT Technical Assistance Program
  • Lorraine Graves, US EPA Region II
  • Ralph Davis, NJ DEP
  • Priscilla Hayes, Rutgers University
  • Paul DiGiulio, AETS (now Onyx Environmental Services)

The meeting was called to order by Ken Atkinson at 10:10 a.m.

Priscilla Hayes – Rutgers Solid Waste Policy Group:

Priscilla Hayes from Rutgers University gave an overview of the Rutgers University Solid Waste Policy Group. The concept behind the group is to combine Rutgers U. resources with other resources to solve real life problems.

The group has been broken down into 3 areas, or projects: 1. Demographics of Waste, 2. Food Residuals and 3. Hazardous Waste Diversion, the later discussed in more detail following the ANJHHWC meeting.

Those interested in learning more or becoming more involved can contact Priscilla at (732) 932-1966 or hayes@aesop.rutgers.edu

Richard Rosfjord – NJIT Technical Assistance Program:

Rich Rosfjord from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Technical Assistance Program (TAP) gave an overview of the TAP program and an excellent review of the Federal regulations as it relates to large, small and conditionally exempt hazardous waste generators.

NJIT TAP offers free and confidential consulting to small businesses (i.e. 100 employees or less) in order to assist with reducing or eliminating the need to dispose of hazardous waste. The program concentrates on ‘in process’ methods as opposed to ‘end of pipe’ solutions. Suggestions as simple as covering stored material to reduce air emissions is just one example of how the TAP program helped one business. Examples of businesses that could benefit include auto body shops and dry cleaners.

For more information please contact Rich Rosfjord at (973) 596-8195, rosfjord@admin.njit.edu or visit http://www.cees.njit.edu/njtap/index.htm.

Chemical Reactions with Paul DiGiulio, – AETS

Paul DiGiulio, from AETS (which is now called Onyx Environmental Services) gave a presentation on chemical reactions. He showed a very interesting 10 min. video produced by AETS in 1988 demonstrating chemical reactions. The video presented 6 categories of chemical reactions: 1. oxidizing liquids, 2. water exposure, 3. air exposure, 4. temperature sensitive, 5. spontaneous combustibles and 6. shock sensitive materials.

Some problematic HHW materials include: Wet chlorine pellets (emit chlorine gas). Advise residents to keep it dry! Short circuiting batteries. Prevent fires or explosions by taping the positive and negative terminals to avoid contact with other batteries. Some batteries may still have a charge. Never mix bleach and ammonia!

The Association asked Paul if it is possible to have a copy of the video and Paul said he would look into it. You can reach Paul at the Onyx office in Flanders, NJ by calling (973) 347-711 or (800) 426-2382.

EPA Clean Sweep Update

Fred Stanger and Carole Tolmachewich completed a grant application which was sent to the EPA, Office of Pesticide Programs (in D.C.) asking for $2550.00 to conduct a survey to determine the amount of pesticides in NJ that requires proper disposal. The grant application asked for Clean Sweep proposals; actual collections of targeted pesticides. ANJHHWC decided it is more important to discover if a Clean Sweep project is necessary before seeking funding for disposal.

ANJHHWC Video Update

ANJHHWC is still looking into having a video produced to highlight HHW issues. We are also interested in having public service announcements (PSA’s) and we may look into the idea of customizing existing PSA’s from Earth’s 911. See below for more info. on Earth’s 911. We hope to send out proposals soon to get quotes for a 10-15 minute video. If anyone knows of a company that we should send the proposal to, please contact Carole T. at (732) 745-4170 or e-mail mcdswm@superlink.net.

Earth’s 911 is a national hotline and web site designed to keep USA residents informed about local recycling and HHW markets, etc. by zip code. You can call 1 800 CLEANUP or view the info (and PSA’s) at www.1800cleanup.org. HHW coordinators are encouraged to contact Anne Reichman, Director of States Coordination by e-mail, areichman@cleanup.org or phone (602) 224-5444 (Arizona) to update the information.

ANJHHWC Newsletter

Carole T. asked for volunteers to write articles for the next newsletter. It was suggested that Bergen County write a story about their large scale events. The newsletter committee will meet in October.

Vendor Chat

  • John Tekin Jr. from Radiac reported that they are working with several NJ Counties this year and look forward to bidding on programs for next year.
  • Mike Adelsberger from Curbside Inc. reported having contracts with entities in PA, NJ IL, MI, and 36 programs in CA. They collect on average 160 lbs. of material from households, which, Mike reports, is 2x the national average.

SWANA Awards Winners

Morris County and Middlesex County received the Silver and Bronze Award respectively for the Special Waste Category given by SWANA. The Awards will be presented at the 1999 WASTECON Conference in Reno NV in October.

NJDEP Update

Ralph Davis reported that the DEP is holding the first in a series of meetings to address the re-adoption of the Hazardous Waste, Universal Waste and Used Motor Oil regulations. The first meeting will be held on Sept. 16th.

Mr. Davis also talked about mercury issues. Fred Stanger interjected and told of his attendance to the Mercury Task Force meeting held on Aug. 13th at the DEP. The Mercury Task Force will be concentrating on outreach, and will want to work together with ANJHHWC to accomplish this. The first thing HHW coordinators can do to help is to keep an inventory of the sources of mercury collected via HHW events/facilities. Then the task force can determine where to focus outreach efforts.

Sue Shannon from the DEP is involved with the Mercury Task Force and can be reached by calling (609) 292-1156 or e-mail: sshannon@dep.state.nj.us

Mr. Davis went on to discuss and stress that HHW should be disposed of like any RCRA waste, and that all counties should take measures by editing their bid specs if required to ensure proper disposal. He also mentioned that to award an HHW bid, any bidder must have an A-901 license.

The issue of DEP inspectors visiting HHW events/sites has re-surfaced. Expect the possibility of a site visit.

EPA Update – Lorraine Graves, Region II

Lorraine spoke briefly about 2 non HHW related events planned.

1. ‘Buying Recycled: The Real Story about Cost, Availability and Quality’ is the name of a teleconference to take place on November 9th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. EST. Learn more by visiting www.epa.gov/wastewise and click on Satellite Forum. The event will be taped at the EPA at 290 Broadway in NY, NY. To find out where to attend in New Jersey, visit


2. A Multifamily / High Rise Recycling Workshop will take place on Thursday October 7th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the EPA office at 290 Broadway, 27th Floor in New York, NY. It is being presented by The Municipal Waste Management Association, an affiliate of The U.S. Conference of Mayors, and featuring Barbara J. Stephens, Ph.D., President of Ecodata, Inc.

Lorraine also spoke about how the American Hospital Association put in place an agreement to reduce mercury pollution within 10 years by eliminating emissions by 2005 and by cutting back the use of mercury 30% by 2005 and by 50% by 2010. They are also looking at ways to reduce other bio-accumulative toxins.

You can reach Lorraine by phone at 212-637-4099 or e-mail graves.lorraine@epamail.epa.gov


Meeting adjourned at approximately 1:00 pm.