Online Training

Fundamentals in Recycling Planning

Municipal and First Nations Staff can now complete a free of charge 9-module fundamentals course online! If you’re new to this sector, or you’re looking for a refresher on the basics of blue box planning this course is for you. And…you will accumulate four (4) Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to help fulfill their datacall.

Once registered, participants will work through the series of modules at a time and location of their choosing. The content is available 24/7, and it can be accessed from any smart technology enabled device.

Objective: Provide information and insight to support key decisions related to planning, implementing and operating a Blue Box program.

Level of Effort: 

  • 9 modules lasting 20 minutes to 2 hours each; quiz to complete each module
  • Total of 21 to 28 hours
  • Content covers all the basics: legislation to markets, processing, collections, promotion & education and policies
  • Includes sections on measuring and monitoring and how to present consolidated plans to senior management or council

Course Includes: 

  • Narration of all content
  • Activities, case studies, knowledge check points
  • Comprehensive final exam requiring 80% to complete

Sign Up for the Pilot OR Continuous Intake Group

  • Group 1: Pilot Participants 
    The CIF is seeking a group of 10 participants for the pilot test that begins in early June. This group will gain first access to the content, if, in exchange, participants are wiling to complete the course within 3 weeks.
  • Group 2: Continuous Intake 
    For all participants interested in taking the course, but looking for a longer duration in which to complete it, register for Group 2. The course begins on Monday, June 26, 2017 with 3 months to finish the course from the date of your registration.

We’re excited to offer this online content. Be sure to watch for CIF Bulletins about future online course offerings.

To sign up for Group 1 or Group 2, email Alexis Stupich:

Background on this course

Fundamental Principles in Recycling Planning is CIF’s first online course. Responding to ongoing requests to make the course available again, and the need of municipal staff to stretch their training dollars further, the CIF elected to transition this course, which used to be offered only in person over a 4-day period, into an online initiative.

For questions about this course, please email Carrie Nash at