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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.

2001-06-27 and 28 – ANJHHWC Meeting and Conference Minutes

Location: Morris County Muncipal Utilities Authority Offices
Morris Township, NJ
Prepared by Fred Stanger (Hip-Hip double Horay for Fred!!!)

DAY ONE – June 27, 2000



  • Rich Baroch, Bergen County
  • Fred Stanger*, Middlesex County
  • Carole Tolmachewich*, Middlesex County
  • Joel Grimm, Monmouth County
  • Laura Macpherson*, Morris County
  • Diana Vigilante, Somerset County
  • John Cannata, Sussex County
  • JoAnn Gemenden, Union County
  • William Carner, Warren County

* indicates ANJHHWC officer

State – NJDEP

  • Robin Heston


  • Don Bowman, PSE&G
  • Mike Adelsberger, Safety Kleen/Curbside, Inc.
  • Nina Kaplan, Summit Metals Recovery Corp.
  • Jim Entwistle, Newtech Recycling
  • Kara Kwiatkowski, Newtech Recycling

Laura Macpherson began the meeting at approximately 9:50 a.m. with introductions.

Nina Kaplan – Summit Metals Recovery, Corp.

Summit Metals is based in Jersey City and has been in business for eight years. They recycle approximately 40,000 pounds of circuit board scrap a month. For the past year, they have expanded into the realm of computers and currently have contracts with five NJ counties.

The main goal of Summit Metals is to keep the cost down. They accomplish this mainly by finding markets for re-use of computers, even 286’s.

They use 20 or 40 foot enclosed containers at drop off locations. They can also do one day events. They recently opened a facility (recycling depot) in Kearney, for computer repair and refurbish. In the past they concentrated on partnerships with demanufacturing facilities in California, the Far East and South America, but now concentrate on repairing and refurbishing.

Summit Metals can accept TV’s (negotiable) but does not take refrigerators, microwaves or air conditioners.

You can reach Nina Kaplan at (201) 395-9242 or nkaplan@metalsrecovery.com

Bergen County conducted a one day electronics recovery event during a Paint Only day. Summit Metals recovered three trucks, (24 foot), which equated to 18 tons of material from approximately 1,000 people and between 4 and 5 schools.

ANJHHWC Video Update

WJMK, Inc. who produces the series called American Environmental Review (AER) has indicated a draft will be ready to review for technical accuracy by the end of June. Once received, a date will be scheduled and a notice sent to those that have expressed interest in reviewing the draft.

Media Outreach

Ellie Arnould-Tomb who has spearheaded the media outreach campaign was unable to attend the meeting. It appears that a significant portion of the outreach campaign will happen in 2001 including HHW awareness month. Anyone with ideas and/or interest are encouraged to get involved. Please contact Ellie at (973) 305-5738 or e-mail arnould@idt.net

Along similar lines, Lorraine Graves of the US EPA Region II is interested in developing outreach techniques at multiple levels of govt. and is interested in working with several NJ counties to act as models. If interested, please contact Lorraine at (212) 637-4099 or graves.lorraine@epamail.epa.gov


Yes it’s that time again. The newsletter subcommittee has selected article ideas including County Summary, demanufacturing and County Spotlight, with Somerset or Sussex as the highlighted county. Those interested in writing articles or those with ideas, please contact Carole Tolmachewich at(732) 745-4170 or mcdswm@superlink.net

National Conference

Since this year the “Hazardous Materials Management Conference on Household, Small Business and Universal Wastes”, is scheduled for November 12-16, 2000 to take place at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel in Boston, MA., ANJHHWC is interested in looking into a van pool and perhaps having a booth during the conference. A booth would cost $450. For more details visit www.swana.org or contact Deanna Seaman of NAHMMA at (302) 369-5912 or nahmma1@aol.com

Vendor Chat

  • Mike Adelsberger reported that Safety Kleen/Curbside Inc. has new contracts in Dallas TX , Pennsylvania and in Louisiana beginning in Sept. For more info. please contact Mike at (757) 824-0744 or madelsberger@safety-kleen.com
  • Kara Kwiatkowski reported that Newtech Recycling Inc. was visited by NJ TV12. Their facility was filmed and interviews were conducted including Robin Heston of the DEP. The piece aired on June 30th at 6 p.m. For more information or copies of the video please contact Kara at (732) 469-9774 or kara@newtechrecycling.com

NJDEP Update

Robin Heston handed out updated lists on DEP letterhead of companies that are involved with: Management of Spent Computers and CRT’s (Computer Monitors) in New Jersey and Management of Spent Mercury-Containing Lamps & Other Hazardous Waste Lamps in New Jersey. The proposed rules to modify NJ’s universal waste rule are anticipated before the end of the year. The current Solid and Hazardous Waste regulations which expire in May of 2001 are being re-adopted. The opportunities for comments have been on going. Robin also suggested holding a seminar on computers after the rules have been adopted (in regards to Class D facilities). Everyone thought this would be beneficial. You can reach Robin at (609) 292-8341 or rheston@dep.state.nj.us

County Update

  • Morris: Had to cancel their first scheduled HHW event (due to re-bidding). Had a one day event on May 13 and had 280 people. Clean Venture/Cycle Chem was the vendor at $43,000. (extra cost for PCB’s). Permanent facility – Onyx is the contractor at 58 cents / pound for all materials (minus recyclables like used motor oil, car batteries, etc.) and set up fees of $458.57 for Friday and $558.47 on Saturdays. Now accepting computers and computer monitors at the site – Newtech Recycling Inc.is the vendor. For more details contact Laura Macpherson at (973) 631-5109 or vicepresident@njhazwaste.com
  • Monmouth: Still short 2 techs at the permanent facility. They have appointments booked 2 weeks in advanced. They take about 22 appointments per day. Freehold Cartage is the vendor for latex paint, All State Power Vac is the vendor for lab packs and Clean Harbors is the vendor for bulk. Latex paint must be incinerated, and American Refuel stopped taking it. Still hold two one-day events, one in the Spring, one in the Fall.  For more details contact Joel Grimm or Alain Fortier at (732) 922-2234 or e-mail Alain at afortier@shore.co.monmouth.nj.us
  • Union: Hold three events in the Spring, and three in the fall with average participation rates of 500 – 600 cars per event. Current contractor is Clean Venture/Cycle Chem at $35/car. School waste is accepted but they charge on a pre pound basis. They bid the batteries, used motor oil and oil filters separately. Grant money ran out, so they re-worked the contract and reduced the used motor oil price from $1.25 / gallon to 30 cents / gallon. Mixed dry cell batteries is somewhere around 72 cents / pound. For more details contact JoAnn Gemenden at (908) 654-9890 or jgemenden@unioncountynj.org
  • Bergen: Currently hold three paint and paint related products only, and two HHW events per year. Had 2 paint only days with approx. 1400 cars combined, at $23,885 per event. Radiac Environmental Services is the contractor. Clean Venture/Cycle Chem is the current contractor for the HHW events at approx. $27 / car with no set up fee. They are looking at the possibility of a permanent facility. For more details contact Rich Baroch at (201) 807-8696
  • Warren: Two HHW events a year yield around 300 cars per event. Radiac Environmental Services is the current contractor at $12,450 / event. Warren built into the contract four renewable options, meaning they can renew the contract at the end of each year for four years without having to re-bid. Doing away with pre registration has yielded new participants (confidentiality issues). Latex paint is collected at the County recycling center for re-blending. Used motor oil is separate from HHW also. No propane tanks accepted. They also sort all of the mixed dry cell batteries collected throughout the county once a week, and Radiac takes the sorted batteries at no charge. For more details contact Bill Carner at (908) 475-3601.
  • Middlesex: Sponsors seven one-day HHW events. Has held 3 so far with 1,815 participants at $25,880 per event (avg. $56.26 per car). Radiac Environmental Services is the contractor. Propane tanks and other compressed gas cylinders are accepted, as well as fluorescent lamps. A permanent paint/paint related materials management program continues to operate. A total of eight drop off sites are used, 2 being open each weekend, once per month on a rotating scheduled Saturday. The current contractor is Focus Recycling Systems. A total of 25,126 pounds of material has been collected between Jan – May, 2000. Approx. 25% of the latex portion of paint collected is recycled. The cost is .3699 cents / pound. Home Collection program (for HHW) geared toward seniors who are disabled continues to operate. A new contract with Curbside Inc. will be awarded in July, 2000. The County pays for the first 100 seniors/disabled pick ups. The County pays $50 toward the first 100 other user pick ups. For more details contact Fred Stanger at (732) 745-4170 or mcdswm@superlink.net
  • Somerset: Holds four one-day HHW events per year at four different locations. Has held two events so far with 1,300 participants. Radiac Environmental Services is the current contractor at $28.00 / car. May hold five events next year. Continue to collect dry cell batteries curbside, along with recyclables every other week for all 21 municipalities. In 1999 they collected 30,000 pounds of mixed dry cells. They also take used motor oil, antifreeze and tires at the County recycling center (in Bridgewater) once a month on each first Saturday. 
    They send residents with computers directly to Newtech. For more details contact Diana Vigilante at (908) 231-7681 or vigilant@co.somerset.nj.us
  • Gloucester: Holds eight one-day events per year, six at one location and two at another. Clean Venture/Cycle Chem is the vendor for this year, the first in a three year contract. Disposal prices per pound include:
    • Paint and paint related products: .30
    • Fluorescent Tubes: .22
    • Ballasts: .60
    • Lead Acid Batteries: No charge
    • All other Batteries: .40
    • Waste Oil: .02
    • Antifreeze: .11
    • Propane and other Gas Cyl.: .22
    • All Other HHW: .37
  • They require recycling and/or reuse of materials whenever possible. The first four events this year have resulted in 1,636 participants.

Next Meeting – The next (3rd Quarter) meeting is scheduled to take place in Somerset County on Wednesday September 20, 2000. Mark your calendars now.

After lunch Laura gave those interested a tour of the Morris County permanent HHW facility.

DAY TWO – June 28, 2000



  • Rich Baroch, Bergen County
  • Ken Atkinson*, Gloucester County
  • Fred Stanger*, Middlesex County
  • Laura Macpherson*, Morris County
  • Diana Vigilante, Somerset County
  • John Cannata, Sussex County

Mary Jo Kennelly of Clean Venture/Cycle Chem provided a refresher training course regarding DOT regulations covering topics such as filling out manifest forms, labeling, placarding and emergency response. It was an excellent opportunity to brush up on the regulations and ask detailed questions.

Mary Jo can be reached at (856) 365-5544.

1999-12-15 – ANJHHWC Meeting Minutes

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



  • Rich Baroch, Bergen County
  • Ken Atkinson*, Gloucester County
  • Fred Stanger*, Middlesex County
  • Carole Tolmachewich*, Middlesex County
  • Greg Hulse, Monmouth County
  • Alain Fortier, Monmouth County
  • Laura Macpherson*, Morris County
  • Larry Gindoff, Morris County
  • Ellie Arnould – Tomb, Passaic County
  • Diana Vigilante, Somerset County
  • John Cannata, Sussex County
  • Marian Swiontkowski, Union County
  • Bill Carner, Warren County

* indicates ANJHHWC officer

State – NJDEP

  • Guy Watson
  • Ralph Davis
  • Sondra Flite


  • Mary Jo Kennelly, Clean Venture/Cycle Chem
  • Edith Compton, Radiac Research Corp.
  • Lauren Green, Radiac Research Corp.
  • Mike Adelsberger, Curbside, Inc.
  • George Kerchner, Howrey & Simon/ Capital Environmental

Ken Atkinson began the meeting at approximately 10:00 a.m. with introductions.

Battery Recycling – George Kerchner, Howrey & Simon/Capital Environmental

Mr. Kerchner spoke regarding the NJ Small Sealed Lead Acid (SSLA) battery collection/recycling program on behalf of the Portable Rechargeable Battery Association (PRBA).

Common applications for SSLA’s include un-interruptible power supplies, emergency lighting, fire and security alarms, commercial video cameras and medical devices.

The collection program will focus on equipment system manufacturers, dealers, installers and service providers. The program will utilize two toll free numbers for info on where to drop off batteries. Brochures will be disseminated to all 21 NJ counties and trade associations will be contacted.

For more information or copies of the brochure, you can reach George Kerchner by phone at (202) 383-7163. For more info. on the Program you can call 1-800-527-9452, or contact:

Debby Free, Ad Hoc SSLA Group,
c/o PRBA
1000 Parkwood Circle, Suite 430
Atlanta, GA 30339
(770) 612-8826

(as is listed in the brochure.)

The Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC) will continue to collect other rechargeable batteries including Ni-Cd’s. The RBRC recently held a board meeting to decide whether or not to start accepting all types of rechargeable batteries. (editors note, they did decide to do so).

ANJHHWC Video Update

We have received 4 video proposals and decided to hire a company based in Florida called American Environmental Review (AER). AER produces videos on various environmental topics which are aired on national public TV stations hosted by Morley Saffer. A sample video was shown at the meeting.

A contract has been signed for $14,500 plus $3,000 for travel expenses. We have budgeted $18,000 total. We need to pay the company before we start filming, so those counties that are able to contribute, please do so ASAP (if you have not done so already).

Fred Stanger will be the main contact person for the video project. We hope to be able to start filming early next year (Feb. or March). The final product will result in two versions, a national one with Morley Saffer and a NJ version (without Saffer) for us to show locally. For the NJ version, it will be helpful to have a logo to incorporate in the video and several ideas were passed out during the meeting.

Media Outreach

In conjunction with the video, Ellie Arnould has suggested to initiate a media campaign, targeting a certain month (i.e. September) as HHW awareness month. Those at the meeting expressed interest in pursuing this idea. Potential media avenues include public TV and local cable, radio PSA’s, newspaper ads, posters, transit signage, direct mail, brochures, shelf talkers, presentations and an 800 number or possibly a hotline number provided by the DEP.

Universal Waste Rule with Sondra Flite, NJDEP

Ms. Flite spoke about the Universal Waste Rule as defined by both the Federal and State definitions.

In summary, the concept of the Universal Waste Rule is to streamline regulatory requirements in order to facilitate the recycling of specific materials that might otherwise require hazardous waste disposal. Universal waste is not exempt from being hazardous, just exempt from certain handling requirements.

The Federal definition originally included batteries, thermostats and spent pesticides. New Jersey has drafted its rule to add fluorescent lamps (recently adopted at the Federal level), cathode ray tubes (CRT’s), mercury containing devices, consumer electronics and oil paints and finishes.

In NJ, in order for a facility to process Universal Waste, the facility must possess a Class D recycling facility permit from the State, but the facility will be assessed Class B fees ($6,000 per year).

For questions concerning the Universal Waste Rule you can contact Sondra at the NJ DEP, Bureau of Recycling and Planning at (609) 984-3438.

Also, The DEP is in the process of receiving comments regarding the re-adoption of the solid and hazardous waste regulations. Laura Macpherson and Alain Fortier will be meeting to formulate comments regarding the rules. If you have any input, please contact either Laura or Alain.

HHW Funding Issues with Guy Watson, NJDEP

Those counties utilizing Solid Waste Services Tax (SWST) funds may be concerned with the wording regarding the restriction to fund the disposal of HHW. There is a stipulation that requires all materials generated at an HHW event being funded by SWST grants are to be shipped to a TSD facility. Guy alleviated fears that latex paint, for example, will not be required to go to a TSD. The DEP is waiting to hear from the DAG regarding the current wording.

Guy also mentioned that the Northeast Waste Management Officials’ Association (NEWMOA) has put together a draft on model legislation geared toward reduction/elimination of mercury in the waste stream. Two meetings have been held recently, one of which Robin Heston (NJ DEP) attended. You can learn more regarding the model legislation by visiting http://www.newmoa.org/ or by contacting Fred Stanger. Guy said that New Jersey used to be a member of NEWMOA, and is considering renewing ties with them.

Vendor Chat

  • Mary Jo Kennelly reported that in August Clean Venture/Cycle Chem purchased the Remtech TSD. Also, the Camden facility under the CVCC name is seeking approval from Camden County to accept HHW. Mary Jo also mentioned that someone from DEP enforcement visited the last HHW event held in Camden County.
  • Mike Adelsberger reported that Curbside Inc. has a new CESQG program. For a brochure, please contact Mike at (757) 824-0744 or madelsberger@safety-kleen.com He also stated that the average cost to service a household at the ‘curb’ is $95.00 and that Curbside Inc. has handled over 1 million pounds of material generated by the 4 County program in PA. In addition, Curbside Inc. received over 600 calls from Hudson County residents, double the amount of anticipated calls, this past fall.

Other Notes

Fred Stanger will become the regional reporter for the Waste Watch Center. The regions include NJ, PA and NY. Don’t be surprised if he bugs you four times a year for up to date info. on your program.

The 1800Cleanup hotline and web site, www.1800cleanup.org ,will be utilizing a user interface for data entry. What does this mean? Anyone who overseas a region, county, municipality, etc. will eventually be able to obtain a user name and password and go directly to the web site to update the info pertinent to your area. So when your HHW dates change, or recycling markets change, you will be able to update it. Contact Anne Reichman at Areichman@cleanup.org or call her at (602) 224-5444 (AZ).

Special Thanks

  • A special thanks to Laura Macpherson for designing and printing the terrific looking meeting brochures for each and every meeting. Otherwise you would be getting some drab black and white ‘come to the next ANJHHWC meeting’ which you might mistake for junk mail.
  • A special thanks to Diana Vigilante for arranging the more than her share of meetings at her location. It seemed to work out well, and I hope we can continue??
  • A special thanks to Carole Tolmachewich for spending time organizing the video committee and soliciting proposals and being largely (no pun intended) responsible for getting us to the point where we are now.
  • Thanks Ken Atkinson for taking over as President and running the meetings, and usually driving about 3 hours total to get there.
  • Thanks Larry for continuing to provide updates to our well complimented web site.

And of course thanks to all of the paying member for their support and attendance.

A note from Carole, your 2000 memberships are due. Call (732) 745-4170 or e-mail mcdswm@superlink.net if you need a membership form.

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.