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Issue 10: May 2011

Blue box recycling in Ontario is at an important junction in its history. It's been 30 years since the first pilot project in Kitchener tested the novel idea of using a designated box to carry recyclables to the end of the driveway. Today nearly a million tonnes of recyclables per year flow through these boxes and carts. That's a huge accomplishment. Cost control is a challenge with this increased tonnage and there are still huge opportunities to improve program effectiveness and efficiency.

In the past few weeks, the CIF has been taking stock of where we stand in light of the challenges that still lie ahead. The CIF has been in operation less than three years and its investments to date in terms of funding and staff resources are just beginning to make a significant impact on blue box programs in Ontario. Over 540 project applications have been received including 130 under the 2011 REOI process alone. Currently 302 projects have been approved for $27.7 million in funding. But the real proof is in the accomplishments, some of which are:

  • Municipalities have leveraged $27 million in CIF funding into $70 million in blue box improvement projects
  • Development of 7,000 tonnes per year of mixed rigid and film plastics re-processing capacity
  • Technology improvements reducing operational costs by $2.1 million per year
  • Investments in compactor systems at small depots that will save $230,000 per year for six municipalities to date, with the potential for an additional 75 more installations
  • Development of thermoform recycling solutions
  • The London regional MRF will save $1 million annually in program costs when surrounding municipalities take advantage of the new facility
  • Funding assistance for over 700,000 large recycling boxes to increase collection capacity for plastic packaging by 50%
  • Increased capacity at over 370,000 multi-residential units including new carts, promotion and education material and program evaluations
  • Staff and funding assistance to increase the number of municipalities that have completed recycling plans from 21 to 107 in the last 12 months

The bottom line is that municipalities are investing in hundreds of projects with the assistance of the CIF, and are expected to reduce program costs by $6.1 million per year AND increase diversion by 8% once all of the projects are completed in the next few years.

The results clearly show that the municipal commitment to the CIF has been a benefit not only to the municipalities and industry stewards in Ontario, but also to our citizens who participate each week in diverting paper and packaging waste. But the work is not done.  We look forward to your continued support as WDO establishes its plans for 2012 and 2013 and how further improvements can be made to the blue box system.

Finally, I look forward to seeing all of you at the Spring Ontario Recycler Workshop in Barrie on June 9.

Andy

Andy Campbell, CIF Program Director
andycampbell@wdo.ca or 705-719-7913

Take Note

  • Waste Workshop Helps First Nations and Tribal Councils Enhance Their Diversion Programs

Representatives from Ontario's First Nations and Tribal Councils delved into waste management last February during a two-day workshop that took them on a tour of how organizations such as the CIF can help them set and achieve solid waste diversion targets. The workshop included a full day focused solely on building recycling plans.

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Project Updates

  • Multi-residential Recycling -- Building Design 101

The CIF is reviewing the Ontario Building Code to determine what changes would be needed to require developers to design for maximum recycling.  The project will engage in the Code review process and make recommendation to the next Code edition. 

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  • Municipalities Put Their 'Hands Up' to Help Create a New School Recycling Curriculum

At the last Ontario Recycler Workshop, the CIF asked for ideas and comments on the areas of municipal blue box recycling that participants thought should receive greater attention. One idea that stood out in the mix of suggestions was the development of a school curriculum unit on recycling. The CIF decided to look into the idea and asked for volunteers to work on a concept. The response from municipalities, industry and educators was enthusiastic and an approach to a plan has been scoped out. The next step is to find an education consultant who can help flesh out the plan.

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  • New CIF Website Enhances Access to Blue Box Information

Refreshing the look and functionality of websites is an information outreach best practice. Wanting to make sure it practices what it preaches, the CIF tackled the job this past spring and recently launched the new and improved www.wdo.ca/cif/

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Event Planning

  • Ontario Recycler Workshop Returns to Barrie June 9

The CIF's Spring 2011 Ontario Recycler Workshop (ORW) will take place in Barrie on Thursday, June 9 at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Centre. Participants can register to attend in person or by webcast on the ORW page on the CIF website. 

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  • CIF Zeroing in on Multi-Residential Recycling with June 8 'Train the Trainer' Workshop

Since multi-residential recycling is considered the next biggest "frontier" in improving capture rates, the CIF recognizes that municipalities need a larger tool chest to tackle it effectively. Along with other initiatives, the CIF is zeroing in on giving municipal recycling staff the skills and resources needed to engage MR building superintendents and owners so they become strong cogs in the MR recycling wheel.  A 'train-the-trainer' workshop for municipal recycling staff is set for Wednesday, June 8 in Barrie. For more information, contact Anne Boyd at aboyd@london.ca or phone 519-661-2500, ext. 6464.

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In This Issue

Waste Workshop Helps First Nations and Tribal Councils Enhance Their Diversion Programs

Multi-residential Recycling - Building Design 101

Municipalities Put Their 'Hands Up' to Help Create a New School Recycling Curriculum

New CIF Website Enhances Access to Blue Box Information

Ontario Recycler Workshop Returns to Barrie June 9

CIF Zeroing in on Multi-Residential Recycling with June 8 'Train the Trainer' Workshop

For more information or to provide comments on any item included in "CIF Connections!" please contact: Andy Campbell, Program Director by phone at 705-719-7913 or by email: andycampbell@wdo.ca.

 

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