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2010-03-16 – ANJHHWC Meeting Minutes

Location: at Dempster Fire Training Center, Lawrenceville, NJ

Call to Order – President Alain Fortier opened the meeting at 10:00 a.m. by Welcoming All to the Mercer County Demptser Fire Academy in Lawrenceville.

Self-introductions of all in attendance followed.

Motion to accept the December 9, 2009 meeting Minutes was made by Chris Sikorski and seconded by Chuck Giacobbi.

Melinda Williams commented that the Mandatory DOT training held on Feb. 23, 2010 at the Middlesex County Fire Academy was a “good learning experience” and liked that it was specifically geared toward household hazardous waste coordinators. A group discussion ensued about possibly holding training in a year or two due to the changing International Laws.

Bergen, Hunterdon & Gloucester counties all mentioned that they had lower event participation rates this past weekend (March 13 /14) due to high winds and flooding rains.

Updates: Sussex County & Hudson Counties have recently contracted with new HHW vendors. Morris County had an e-waste bidder that could not provide the required $3 million insurance. The company was disqualified and the contract was awarded to Creative Recycling from Florida.

President Fortier informed the group that WE Recycle (e-waste vendor from Mt. Vernon, NY) has offered to host the next ANJHHWC meeting and has suggested the month of June. Dave Smith from We Recycle has offered the Association a meeting site, lunch and a tour of their facility. Group has expressed an interest. ANJHHWC will look into van pooling or possibly getting a bus to run from several points in NJ.

Operation Medicine Cabinet – Special DEA Agent Douglas S. Collier stated that the youth of today are raiding medicine cabinets. Nearly 3 1/2 million pills, with a street value of approximately $35 million dollars, were collected during “Operation Medicine Cabinet” held on Nov. 14, 2009.
Angelo Valente, Partnership for a Drug Free NJ, spoke about the benefits of this project:

Brings attention to the problem of Prescription Medicine Abuse
Provides a method to safely dispose of unused, unwanted and expired medicines.
Received unprecedented media attention on the issue of prescription & over-the–counter medicine abuse.
New Website is: www.americanmedicinechest.com
This year’s collection date will be on Saturday, November 13, 2010.

Fiscal Expense: ANJHHWC voted to approve a gift card for the Robert Martinez, Union County graphic artist that produced the Vector file in the amount of $50.00 as a Thank You.

Treasurer’s Report: Treasurer Sikorski stated that The current Account Balance at the time of the meeting was $27,988.96. Motion to accept the report was made by Fred Stranger and seconded by Melinda Williams.

Nominating Committee & Elections: Larry Gindoff and Reenee Casapulla gave the committee’s report. The nomination of candidates was asked to be dispensed with by Fred Stanger and to accept the slate of candidates as presented by the nominating committee.

President Fortier rejected the request and proceeded on a position by position open nominations basis; as there were no other nominations for the positions of Secretary, Treasurer and Vice-President. President Fortier closed the nominations for those positions and the secretary cast a single vote for each as per Roberts Rules of Order making them the new recipients of those offices.

As for the office of President there were 2 other nominations, which were declined. President Fortier closed the nominations as there were no other individuals willing to accept the nomination and asked the Secretary to cast a single vote for the nominee and thereby closing the elections. All nominations were accepted and approved.

  • President- Ron Berenato, Atlantic County
  • Vice President- Rich Bared, Bergen County
  • Treasure- Chris Sikorski, Middlesex County
  • Secretary- Larry Gindoff, Morris County

Adjournment: Regular meeting was adjourned at 12:10pm.


1996-10-01 – Nor’ Easter Can’t Stop Passaic County Hazardous Waste Event

by B. Ellie Arnould, Solid Waste Programs Coordinator, Passaic County Office of Recycling and Solid Waste Programs, October 1996.

Heavy rains, strong winds and area flooding did nothing to hold back Passaic County residents from coming to the County’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day Event on Saturday, October 19, 1996.

With the largest turnout to date, oil paints, thinners, pesticides, used motor oil, pool chemicals and more were dropped off at the Wayne location, even as the dangerous storm blew through the area.

B. Ellie Arnould, Solid Waste Programs Coordinator stated that, “the one day event ran very smoothly with a consistantly heavy turnout continuing all day. More than 875 cars braved the weather to drop off more than 42,000 pounds of toxic materials for proper disposal.”

The Passaic County Office of Recycling and Solid Waste Programs, in charge of the collection events, keeps careful records which showed that this year the collection day saw a 39 percent increase in the amount of bulk hazardous waste brought in.

With the public now understanding the need for safe handling and appropriate disposal of potentially dangerous products, the collection days have seen consistently increasing participation. Last year the County hosted two such events.

Rain-soaked staff and volunteers alike, which included several Municipal Coordinators, high school students and corporate professionals, knew their efforts were appreciated by residents who took the time to express their thanks during the day.

As Stephanie Slota, a 4-H Environmental Project volunteer from Wanaque stated, “I felt like I was really helping to make a difference when I saw just how many people want to do the right thing.”

Preliminary figures released by Bob Wyle, the program manager showed just how little an impact the bad weather had on public participation:

Item 10/14/95 10/19/96 % Increase
Bulk HHW 24,522 lbs. 34,180 lbs. 39%
Car Batteries 82 125 52%
Household Batteries 1,973 lbs. 4,377 lbs. 122%
Used Motor Oil 1,800 gal. 1,800 gal 0%

The program is a collaborative effort, with help from the County Road Department, Buildings and Grounds, Sheriff’s Department, Weights and Measures, Paratransit, Health Department and the Passaic County Utilities Authority.

In addition to the collection events, the Office of Recycling and Solid Waste Programs offers information on the proper handling of toxic materials, as well as information on how to choose safer, alternative products.