Author - Alyssa Broadfoot

Understanding the Complexities of Waste Audits

Municipalities have been conducting waste composition studies in Ontario for decades. They provide valuable insights into program operations, aid in directing promotion & education (P&E) resources and developing long-term waste management strategies. However, trying to figure out the correct sample size, frequency of sampling and distribution is not as...

Waste audit analysis assists the City and County of Peterborough

Waste audit data provides a detailed breakdown of what’s in each waste stream. For the Blue Box, it quantifies the weight of each material group, contamination rates, and cross-contamination. This information is particularly useful when setting payment terms and revenue sharing parameters for a new processing contract. The City...

Revenue Sharing Revisited

Historically, the CIF has advocated that municipalities split material sales revenue between themselves and their contractor, provided the municipality has sufficient tonnage to warrant the extra administrative work. This approach was intended to mitigate the impact of shifting commodity prices on contractors and incentivize them to maximize the value...

What’s happening at Ontario MRFs?

We all know the pandemic is impacting nearly every aspect of daily life. This week, we explore how our collective changes in behaviour are affecting the quality, quantity and composition of materials arriving at Ontario material recovery facilities (MRFs), and what those facilities are doing to address this new...

COVID-19 affecting both supply and demand in OCC markets

Since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic in March, there’s been a noticeable increase in the price of Old Corrugated Cardboard (OCC). In this week's blog, we try to understand what's driving current trends, whether or not the trends are likely to last, and how it’s impacting operations. Knowing how...

Performance bonds vs. Letters of Credit

Performance bonds and letters of credit play an important role in protecting municipalities against potential contract defaults. Understanding when and how to use these tools is more important than ever before. Performance bonds are similar to insurance policies. They are typically issued by a bond surety company to the...

Northumberland shifts to dual stream recycling

For this weeks blog, we're trying something new! Watch the video or scroll down for the full text. If you like this format, send your feedback to communications@thecif.ca. Contamination rates prompted Northumberland to act During Waste Management Master Planning in 2014, Northumberland County identified a need to shift from single stream...

COVID-19 Amplifying Issues in Recycling Markets

In the case of plastics, COVID-19 is adding to the list of challenges already faced by plastic re-processors. “Virgin plastic resins are at a record low as the price for oil-based feedstocks have fallen dramatically and there is a proliferation of gas-based feedstocks now available in the marketplace.”  — Eadaoin Quinn,...