CIF Support Approved by WDO for 2011: What
Are Your Top Priorities?
With the recent release of Waste Diversion
Ontario’s (WDO) 2009 Datacall information, we’re
seeing clear evidence of the impact of the recent recession.
WDO’s Datacall report shows a 10.8% increase in gross
blue box costs for 2009, coupled with tonnages that dropped
to levels last seen in 2005. Taking into account lower revenues
from marketed material, the result was an astonishing 42%
increase in net costs from 2008 to 2009.
Evidence of recovery in 2010 is encouraging;
however, we know that printed paper tonnage will remain
low as we try to increase plastic packaging recycling. This
will again lead to challenging financial conditions as the
blue box system loses less expensive, high volume paper
to a huge number of plastic containers that weigh little
and are costly to sort. Municipalities and industry stewards
will continue to focus on finding innovative solutions and
seeking to make blue box recycling in Ontario the best in
the world as we move through 2011 and 2012.
This summer, WDO’s Board recognized
the great projects and operational improvements that municipalities
have carried out with the support of the Continuous Improvement
Fund (CIF). The WDO has approved an additional $9 million
in new CIF funding for 2011, which will allow municipalities
to adopt better and best practices and find ways to control
costs while increasing recycling rates.
To date, the CIF has awarded more than $25
million in funding for over 250 approved municipal projects.
Many of these projects will be fully implemented in 2010
and 2011, and will result in program improvements which
should be evident in future WDO Datacalls.
The CIF is in the process of developing
its funding priorities for 2011. We plan to issue another
Request for Expressions of Interest (REOI) for municipal
projects in January as a follow-up to the successful REOI
in 2010. I encourage you to give me a call or send me an
email with any funding priorities that you believe will
lead to the greatest improvements in our blue box system.
The CIF Committee will finalize the priorities in December.
In previous issues, we have reported on
projects that were just beginning or in progress. With this
issue, we are also pleased to report more results of projects
that are now complete. Please take a few minutes to review
the other stories in this issue of Connections
to learn more about some of the great work municipalities
are doing in an effort to better their programs.
Andy Campbell, CIF Program Director
New & Noteworthy
in Helping to Shape Classroom Recycling Infrastructure
and Curriculum? Call Us.
Ontario schools are rich in two elements
essential to successful recycling. One is materials—paper,
cardboard, aseptic packaging, cans and bottles. The other
is young minds that are eager to absorb information and
that are forming attitudes and opinions on topics which
may include recycling and resource utilization.
With that in mind, several municipalities
have contacted the CIF about tapping into opportunities
to capture school-sourced materials while at the same
time establishing an experiential/information based curriculum
that promotes lifelong ‘pro-recycling’ behaviour.
A project has started in Simcoe County
and the CIF wants to use this opportunity to develop a
framework for classroom collection infrastructure and
education. This will provide information to help undertand
the opportunities and issues associated with municipal
involvement in working with the Province and local school
boards for recycling.
Once results are in hand, the next step
will be to assess the value of this initiative for continued
funding in 2011. If there is interest, the longer-term
objective would be to work with the province to update
the course curriculum with materials that could be adapted
and used province wide to advance recycling program goals.
We’d like to hear from you!
- Should this be an area of further CIF funding in 2011?
- Are you interested in sitting on a steering committee
to develop a course curriculum and a standardized approach
to service delivery for Ontario schools?
We are actively seeking input and hope
you will share your thoughts. Please contact Mike Birett
905-936-5661 or email: MBirett@wdo.ca.
Tender Awarded to Rehrig Pacific Saves Municipalities
Time and Money
The CIF has awarded a tender to Rehrig Pacific Company
to supply and deliver 95-gallon carts, using a co-operative
approach that promises to save municipalities time and
The original tender included six municipalities (Sarnia,
Niagara Region, London, St. Thomas, Oxford County and
Woodstock); however, it was written to enable other municipalities
to ‘piggyback’ on its terms and to benefit
from the competitive price without having to commit staff
time to administer a tender process.
The benefits of the co-operative tender are substantial,
- costs of $47 per cart
- radio frequency identification (RFID) technology with
access to the on-line C.A.R.T.S. (Container Asset Recovery
Tracking System) program
- full 10 year warranty, and
- delivery charges are included in the base price within
the Greater Toronto Area and Southwestern Ontario. (Municipalities
outside these areas pay the base plus nominal shipping
“We have achieved considerable savings - both time
and money - by cooperating in this tender process,”
commented St. Thomas’ Waste Management Coordinator,
Michelle Shannon. “It’s also satisfying to
know that even a smaller program such as St. Thomas, can
contribute to the overall purchasing power to assist other
We hope this will be the first of several cooperative
purchasing arrangements among municipalities. Anyone considering
a cart purchase should also look at switching from stick-on
labels to in-mould labels (IML) that offer many advantages.
Applied during the manufacturing process and imbedded
in the plastic cart, IML are peel-proof and eliminate
staff time in labeling carts when they are delivered.
As we know all too well, applying labels in mid-January
is nearly impossible!
Whether you are providing carts for single or for multi-family
recycling you may be eligible for CIF funding and substantial
savings from co-operative purchasing. To find out more
and for details on the cart tender, please contact Anne
Boyd: 519-661-2500 ext 7304 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- CIF Energy
Audit Program Wraps Up
Response to the CIF’s ESCO (energy auditing) service
for municipal infrastructure installations that manage
blue box materials resulted in REOI applications from
several municipalities. With many blue box MRFs and transfer
stations that date back to the early 1990s, facility energy
upgrades with quick paybacks that meet CIF funding requirements
are often possible. Through the ESCO project, the CIF
offered funding for up to 50% of any retrofits identified
in the audit that met standard funding criteria.
The CIF approved funding for ESCO audits in Guelph, Northumberland,
Waterloo, Bluewater and Essex Windsor. A final application
is under consideration for the Ottawa Valley Waste Recovery
“ESCO audits have identified diverse measures to
promote energy savings and a healthier working environment
at several facilities” said CIF Manager, Mike Birett.
"Recommendations range from mechanical and lighting
efficiency measures to renewable energy opportunities
and green house gas emission reductions. With that said,
we were also reminded that many municipalities are already
running efficient facilities capable of competing with
the private sector in an EPR environment."
The County of Northumberland has recently received its
ESCO report and is already planning next steps for its
14 year old MRF. "We’re starting up a pilot
project now to retrofit lighting. With a full retrofit,
we expect to reduce demand and save more than $4000 per
year, at the same time as we upgrade overall lighting
conditions throughout the MRF." says Karl Allen,
Plant Manager at Northumberland County. "Our ESCO
report provided all the information we need to design
this program and prepare for future energy reduction initiatives."
Communities that are interested in energy saving opportunities
can look to the ESCO reports for Northumberland and Guelph
for a range of initiatives. As an additional measure,
we suggest that you consider the potential revenue generating
opportunities that exist under the current OPA FIT and
MICROFIT programs to generate income through solar mounted
systems as was suggested in Guelph. For more information,
contact Mike Birett: MBirett@wdo.ca.
Releases Report Template for Multi-Residential Best Practices
The most difficult part of any project can be the reporting
– not because reports are difficult to write but
with many competing priorities, time and energy are at
a premium. At the CIF, we know this can be a challenge
and have developed another tool in our best practice series
to help municipalities plan for reporting and streamline
this task for multi-residential recycling projects.
We have just published a ‘Final
Report Template’ that municipal staff and project
consultants can customize to complete the final report
as required by CIF for approved multi-residential best
The template, which comes complete with a report structure,
generic phrasing, tables and companion spreadsheets is
available online. Municipalities will also find the template
a useful guide to project implementation. Municipal staff
who are taking part in these projects would do well to
become familiar with the contents of the template and
be prepared to generate the report information along these
lines. As with all CIF projects, 25% of total approved
funding is held back until the final report is submitted
and approved and this template makes it easy for all programs
to go the distance!
This new tool in the CIF multi-residential tool-kit is
a companion piece for the funding policy, implementation
guidelines, promotion and education materials, and purchasing
agreement for recycling carts. And we're not finished….up
next is the multi-residential database that will be available
later this year. Please stay tuned, and for more information,
contact Anne Boyd:
519-661-2500 ext 7304 or email@example.com.
a Blue Box Plan is a Recycling Best Practice: Does Your
Program Have Its Plan in Place?
Despite a dedicated effort in 2010 to bring 100% of municipalities
into compliance with WDO best practice # 1 – "development
and implementation of an up-to-date blue box recycling
plan" – just over half of the 215 reporting
municipal programs will end this year without
blue box plans completed or underway.
The CIF set aside $1.75 million in the 2010 budget to
assist municipalities to develop blue box recycling plans.
Through 2010, many municipalities have taken advantage
of the funding support. More than 40 programs applied
for funding through the Request for Expressions of Interest
in Priority Projects this spring. Subsequently, the CIF
has developed a streamlined application form that is easy
to complete and encourages programs to take advantage
of the enhanced funding support for plan development.
This past spring, the CIF also delivered eight waste recycling
strategy information sessions across the province to explain
Recycling Strategy Guideline and Template that programs
can use in their planning initiatives.
Overall 100 communities have applied to the CIF and received
funding to develop their plans. The positive impact of
the CIF assistance is clear, yet we remain far from our
goal of 100% compliance by the end of 2010.
What's left and why does it matter?
At the end of 2010, almost $1 million in CIF funding
will still be available to communities to develop recycling
plans. Of the municipalities that do not have blue box
plans in place or underway, the vast majority represent
small programs that each account for less than 1,000 tonnes
per year each of blue box materials. In combination though,
this amounts to about 38,000 tonnes or 4% of the provincial
“Having a current blue box recycling plan isn’t
only about operating efficient programs and ticking off
the box in the WDO’s Datacall,” said Clayton
Sampson, CIF project manager, “it’s about
ensuring that a municipality is eligible for the maximum
amount of blue box funding.”
Municipalities that lack a blue box plan in 2010 may
lose up to 5% of their WDO blue box funding.
Continuing efforts for full compliance
The CIF is working proactively to contact programs that
do not have a recycling plan in place. Meeting this best
practice provides an excellent opportunity for each blue
box program to chart a course and vision for the future
and to maximize annual program funding.
If your program is one of those that lacks a current
blue box plan, we urge you to apply for the funding for
plan development. CIF staff members are available to provide
information and support your efforts.
For more information, please contact Clayton Sampson:
on Alternate Fuel Collection Vehicles Points to Significant
Fuel Cost Savings with a Short Pay-back Period
The CIF commissioned a review of alternative fuel (AF)
collection vehicles which identifies pros, cons and general
operating guidelines for four types of AF vehicles:
The technology review identifies best applications for
the different vehicles. It suggests that while some federal
or provincial funding may be available to offset costs,
incentives of $30,000 to $50,000 will likely be necessary
to encourage uptake. With current diesel pricing and fuel
burn savings, the return on investment is estimated to
range from 7 to 15 years.
According to report author, Gary Everett of the Emerald
Group, "while there are clear advantages to AF technology,
this is definitely not a 'one type fits all' solution.
Any community that is considering integrating AF collection
into its fleet will need to carefully assess each AF vehicle
to match its capability to their needs."
The report highlights two approaches to integrating AF
vehicles in contracts, recommending that where possible,
municipalities ask for proposals with preference given
to AF vehicles and an agreement to negotiate a mutually
satisfactory incentive with the successful bidder. Communities
that are considering integrating AF vehicles will want
to review the sample contract and consider tailoring its
clauses for their use. For more information, please review:
Fuel Collection Vehicles Report .
Canadian-based Polystyrene Processor Seeks Material
EPS Recycling Solutions is a Canadian based processor
that is seeking foam and rigid polystyrene for its new
operation in Concord, Ontario (at the north end of Toronto).
EPS is seeking polystyrene with PET or PVC contamination
with prepaid shipping (by municipalities) but with no
processing fee, for the time being at least. The company
reports that incoming plastics are being recycled to create
construction materials such as crown molding.
For more information or to book a shipment, contact Dusty
Recycler Workshop Comes to Kitchener-Waterloo on November
Mark your calendars for the fall Ontario
Recycler Workshop, which will take place in Kitchener-Waterloo
on Thursday November 25. Registration is open now and
we will soon distribute invitations to all interested
stakeholders. Click to read full story
This fall's Ontario Recycler Workshop is a full day session
will take place in Kitchener-Waterloo. As always, for
those who can't attend in person, the session will also
be available by webcast.
The program will include updates from Waste Diversion
Ontario, the Association of Municipalities of Ontario
and Stewardship Ontario. Other features will include a
workshop on defining and implementing additional better
and best practices, a report on recycling as a municipal
utility along with project updates on multi-residential
recycling, large urban projects and more.
The CIF is also planning a full day workshop on how to
successfully add more plastics to your municipal program
on Wednesday, November 24. Additional details about both
events will soon be available. All information will be
posted at the ORW
page of the CIF website.