CIF Connections Blog

Last Call to Earn Four Continuing Education Units for the 2017 Datacall

Register today for CIF’s Fundamental Principles in Recycling Planning Participants say it’s a great value for staff who want to learn something new, deepen their knowledge on specific, technical topics, or simply update their knowledge at a time when developments are requiring a strong understanding of the blue box system in its entirety. This course is unique in its comprehensiveness. The multi-module course provides insights to support staff decisions for planning, implementing and operating a blue box recycling program. The course [...]

Municipalities Invest in Collection Programs through CIF Program

Most of our stakeholders will know the CIF provides Municipalities and First Nations with the opportunity to purchase blue boxes, recycling carts, and reusable bags at economies of scale pricing through the Cooperative Container Procurement Program (CCPP). In fact, since April 2016 more than 50 municipalities have invested nearly $2M in their collection programs through this tender. The current CCPP is scheduled to wrap up March 2018 and with that in mind CIF is asking you for your advice on whether [...]

One-Stop Shopping for EPR Transition Information

In Ontario, the transition to establish a full Extended Producer Responsibility program to manage Blue Box Recycling under the Waste-Free Ontario Act is well underway and picking up steam. The new approach will mean different things for different programs but it’s bound to impact us all. With this certainty comes a responsibility to keep up to date on key initiatives, decisions and developments. The CIF has added a new section to its website to keep stakeholders apprised of these [...]

New Learnings about Effective P&E Distribution to Boost MR Recycling!

Distributing P&E in person to multi-residential tenants requires a lot of resources and may not be feasible for all buildings in all municipalities. However, occasional in-person distribution to prudently selected buildings can reap valuable information and boost recovery. To test this theory, Simcoe County put a new spin on a familiar study. Staff selected three buildings with similar demographics from the County’s social housing sector. Next they conducted recycling audits at all three sites to establish a benchmark for contamination [...]

Exporting Recyclables Overseas: Essential Information for Ontario Recyclers

In a blog this spring, we provided information for programs that transport recyclables to markets in the U.S. With this blog, and with the input of Recyclable Materials Marketing (REMM), we present an essential companion piece that details what programs need to know about Exporting Recyclable Commodities Overseas from Canada. For many years, programs have been content to know their materials were being managed by brokers or haulers, and sold to offshore markets, but without necessarily knowing the details of [...]

2017 REOI Update – 2018 Municipal Needs Survey

The 2017 REOI was approved to distribute up to $5,180,000 and was issued March 13. The REOI closed May 3 and municipalities responded enthusiastically by submitting 35 applications for funding before the deadline.  The total value of all the proposed projects was $14,938,670 and $7,935,543 of funding was requested from CIF.  Following all the evaluations, CIF has approved $2,031,120 for distribution. Both successful and unsuccessful applicants will be notified of the results shortly and the grant preparation process has begun [...]