IMPACT OF CHANGES IN THE SOLID WASTE
CONFERENCE SEPT. 17 IN NEW BRUNSWICK
The New Jersey Advisory Council on Solid Waste Management
will hold a conference on the impacts of consolidation of the solid waste
industry on Friday, Sept. 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cook College
Campus Center in New Brunswick.
The conference will include a panel discussion from 10 a.m.
to 12:30 p.m., followed by a public meeting at 1 p.m. There is no charge
for the conference which has received more than 120 registrations to date.
Expected attendees include local and county officials, solid waste and
recycling coordinators, waste haulers and other industry representatives.
The New Jersey Advisory Council on Solid Waste Management,
established by the Solid Waste Management Act, is comprised of members
from the public, industry and medical community. Council members are appointed
by the Governor with consent by the Senate. The council's role is to advise
the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner on issues
related to solid waste management.
The advisory council chooses one topic annually for a detailed
examination and review. The council believes the solid waste consolidation
topic is particularly relevant due to the trend toward fewer independent
operators in the waste collection and disposal industry and the potential
impact on competition in the waste disposal marketplace. The panel will
discuss the implications of the consolidation from the public and private
sector perspectives. The advisory council will prepare a report with recommendations
to DEP Commissioner Bob Shinn regarding this issue.
Conference participants include: John Castner, director
of DEP's Division of Solid and Hazardous Waste and Frank Coolick, assistant
director; Edward DeHope, partner in the law firm of Riker, Danzig, Scherer,
Hyland & Perretti; Steven Changaris, regional manager of the National
Solid Waste Management Association; James Lambert, director of the Mercer
County Improvement Authority, representing the Solid Waste Association
of North America; Robert Prunetti, Mercer County Executive, representing
the New Jersey Association of Counties, and Dennis Enright, principal
in the NW Financial Group. Advisory council members: Public representatives:
Donald Bryan, Esq., Chairman; George Koehler; Peter deWilde; Steven Wymbs.
Industry representatives: Thomas Blanchet; George Farrand; George P. Luciano,
Jr. (I.S.R.I); Paul Matacera. Licensed Medical Practitioner: Dr. Stanley
R. Lane. Ex officio member designees: Robert Chilton, Board of Public
Utilities; Karen M. Kritz, Department of Agriculture; Howard Izes, Department
of Community Affairs; Ronald Ulinsky, Department of Health and Senior