CIF Connections Blog

2018 Municipal Needs Survey Results

CIF’s 2018 Municipal Needs Survey closed this week and consisted of 5 statements plus an open comment option. Survey participants were permitted to fill out the survey only once. Participants were asked to select a single response ranging from “Strongly Agree” to “Strongly Disagree” for each statement and provide additional comments. Those who included their contact info were entered into a draw for a token gift card. Congratulations to our draw winner, Cathy Wiebe, of Wellington County who will [...]

CIF Publishes Year One Report of Provincial Waste Composition Studies

The CIF has committed to building a provincially representative dataset of generation, capture, and residue rates for municipal Blue Box programs across the nine Datacall groups. As a first step towards this goal, the CIF has published the summary results from year one of the CIF/Stewardship Ontario jointly funded waste composition studies. This waste composition study funding is planned for three years, so we will be updating this report at the completion of each study period. Plan to check back regularly [...]

Practical Resources to Improve Your Program’s Multi-Residential Recycling

“What are other municipalities doing?” It’s a question that pops up often in the minds of those working the frontlines of the multi-residential (MR) recycling sector. At CIF Multi-Residential Working Group (MRWG) meetings, municipal representatives share local knowledge, experience and resources to leverage successes and overcome challenges specific to MR. The result of their active participation in this group is now available to all Ontario municipalities in the CIF Centre of Excellence section on Multi-Residential Recycling, and we thank [...]

Southgate Does More with Less

Photo source: Southgate Township Imagine a rural municipality with an automated cart collection system, bi-weekly garbage and recycling pickup, a robust compost program, two transfer stations, a diversion rate over 50% and 74 years left of landfill space…and a tax base of less than 3,000 households. The Township of Southgate has demonstrated that you don’t need to be a big player in the industry to push the envelope and small municipalities can, in fact, run effective waste diversion programs within [...]

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 [...]