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CIF 2020 Interim Operations Plan Overview

On August 15, 2019, the Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks directed RPRA and Stewardship Ontario (SO) to develop a windup plan for the Blue Box Program Plan (BBPP) by June 30, 2020. This direction included instruction that the CIF wind up as soon as practical and no later than December 31, 2025. Approval by RPRA of SO’s windup plan...

Quinte Enlists Residents to Shift Black Plastic & Coffee Cups from Blue Box to Garbage

Like many programs, Quinte Waste Solutions (QWS) is well aware that materials incorrectly placed in recycling increases costs and decreases overall material quality. Focusing on the Multi-Residential (MR) sector, in 2018 QWS developed a strategic promotion and education (P&E) campaign with the goal of decreasing black plastics and polycoat cups (also known as coffee/hot beverage/disposable cups) appearing in both...

Testing mobile densification of EPS at Southwestern Ontario depots: is this a solution for your program?

Things are happening in the world of EPS! The CIF is working with Second Wind Recycling (SWR) on a mobile densification collection study for Expanded Polystrene (EPS). To start, the study is taking place in Southwestern Ontario in municipalities including, St. Thomas, Tillsonburg and Woodstock starting in December 2019. Opportunities to join in on the pilot are still available. This pilot...

Doing battle with contamination? Peel Region just completed a study on gravity locks you need to read!

In Peel Region, gravity locks were installed on a few Front End Loading (FEL) bins at Multi Residential (MR) buildings where the buildings did not use chutes for recycling as a means to control contamination and improve material quality. Okay, so what do gravity locks have to do with contamination? Gravity locks deter MR residents from placing large contaminants in the...

Unit Count Studies for Program and Transitional Planning: A Review of Two Methods

Managers of municipal curbside collection programs often have a hard time gathering up-to-date information on the number of units serviced in a collection route. This issue is even more difficult in areas with seasonal populations which leads to challenges reporting out in the RPRA Datacall. These difficulties are compounded when undergoing a collection contract change, or for programs that...

Maintaining Efficiency & Effectiveness (E&E) with a payback of 2.2 years

Working through contract renewals while awaiting transition Glass breaker screen to remove glass from system early. The Region of Durham’s Material Recovery Facility (MRF) operating and maintenance contract was set to end, while at the same time the facility was struggling to accommodate an increased volume of inbound containers. The facility, which opened in 2007, was designed to manage a mix...

Methodology in Northumberland County’s Segregated Glass Collection Pilot

The pilot took place along two 100-home routes within the town of Cobourg from September 25, 2018 to March 26, 2019. Prior to and during the project, households within the pilot area were delivered the required information to participate in the program, as well as a 16-gallon yellow glass collection box. To optimize collection efficiencies, residents were encouraged to...

Understanding Flexible Packaging for Recycling

Examples of Flexible Packaging Formats (source: PAC) Flexible packaging has seen tremendous growth globally, with an annual growth rate of 3.8% within North America alone. It can be found in a vast array of shapes and sizes containing a wide array of products such as coffee, laundry detergent, baby food, cat litter, single-serve juices, motor oil, toothpaste and even more....

Town of Hearst improves diversion and contain costs in a small municipal program

In 2016 the Town of Hearst was faced with the need to make a strategic change to address challenging waste management program realities: Recycling had plateaued at roughly 157 MT per year Equipment used to deliver the program was obsolete and costly to operate Long-time municipal recycling program delivery partners were striking out in new directions to improve their...

Curotto Cans: Technology Helps Guelph Cost-Effectively Improve Diversion

In an effort to boost diversion by 1,300 tonnes, the City of Guelph extended collection services to additional multi-residential properties. They elected to use Front End Loading (FEL) trucks equipped with Curottto Cans, in order to keep costs contained. What are Curotto Cans? Glad you asked… let’s dive in. A Curotto Can is a mounted automated hopper that fits on to...