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Managing Residue in Multi-res Buildings: What’s the Best Solution?

For most programs, collecting quality recyclables from multi-residential (MR) buildings is still a big hill to climb, despite efforts to increase convenience and capacity and communicate effectively. The question remains: is it best to use technology to clean up materials at the MRF or can we change behaviour with P&E and enforcement? With more than 25% of its residents in MR buildings, the Region of Peel has focused on developed a strong MR recycling program and achieved important gains through [...]

EPR & RFP, Tender & Contract Support

Yankee baseball legend Yogi Berra said, “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.” Unfortunately, we are now forced to do just that with respect to the effect of new Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) legislation on recycling collection and processing contracts that are up for renewal. Many municipalities have waited a long time to see what will be required in new contracts as result of passage of Bill 151, the Waste-Free Ontario Act, 2016. We simply don’t know yet. So what [...]

Insights & Information at 2016 CIF Outreach Sessions

CIF staff recently completed spring outreach meetings around the Province, with municipal staff and politicians in Dryden, London, North Bay, Oliver Paipoonge, Peel, Smiths Falls, Spanish and Wawa. Despite some unforgiving late spring weather, participation was as strong as ever. Our sincere thanks to each host community and their staff for the great hospitality, to the guest speakers from AMO and WDO and to the many municipal staff who took time out of their busy schedules to participate. Items on [...]

Lessons in Taking Advice – and Running with It!

Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs) use a lot of electricity. The City of London (the City) owns and contracts out the operation of a two-stream Regional MRF to process approximately 35,000 tonnes of Blue Box recyclables annually for itself and 8 neighbouring municipalities. London MRF In reviewing electricity costs with London Hydro, city staff noted that a recurring power factor below 90% was resulting in costly penalties. Power factor is a measure of energy consumed divided by the energy provided to meet [...]

Success in Establishing New Contracts in a Time of Change

Bill 151, the Waste Free Ontario Act raises questions for communities that need to establish new or extend existing contracts. Without knowing exactly when the legislation will come into force or what it will mean, it’s important to provide flexibility through shorter term contracting to prevent unfunded obligations or a need to break terms of a multi-year agreement. New Contracts for Recyclingin the City of Peterborough RFP and Contract Assistance for the City of Peterborough The City of Peterborough’s processing and [...]

Red Lake’s Recycling Transport Upgrades

Getting recyclable materials to market without breaking the bank is a common challenge faced by remote municipalities in Northern Ontario. Inadequate infrastructure and considerable geographic distances to recycling centres can quickly inflate shipping costs. The Municipality of Red Lake decided to overcome these challenges by making an investment in their recycling transport infrastructure with the help of a CIF grant. Prior to the investment, the municipality shipped its recyclable materials to the Dryden Recycling Facility using a contracted straight-bodied garbage [...]

Cleaner bales for increased revenues; It just makes sense

In the face of a continually evolving mix of consumer packaging, MRF operators must make strategic investments to maximize profitability from their available material stream. Niagara Region’s new eddy current separator system For Niagara Region, that meant installing a new Javelin Manufacturing L.L.C. eddy current separator system (ECSS) to reduce residue in its aluminum stream. With this change, the Region has been able to upgrade its used aluminum beverage container (UBC) bales to primary grade and secure pricing at $344/tonne more [...]

Lessons in vigilance and ingenuity: optimizing performance at the York Region MRF

Modern MRFs require constant investments in order to take advantage of new technologies, deal with the changing waste stream and remain cost competitive. In 2011, York Region added two optical sort systems, plus a mixed paper sort line and a new baler. The Region also widened the mixed paper and newspaper disc screens. The 2011 upgrade increased processing capacity from 90,000 to 140,000 tpy and addressed the Region’s capacity issues. However, as in many single stream operations, a decent quantity [...]