Author - Alyssa Broadfoot

Guide for Developing a Waste Management Service Contingency Plan now available

Over the years a number of municipalities have encountered challenges related to labour disruptions, contractor performance issues, or shutdowns at processing facilities associated with Blue Box program operations. While no one can anticipate every possible situation, a contingency plan can help prepare a municipality for when these challenges arise. The...

Force Majeure: Are you ready?

A “force majeure” clause is included in contracts to relieve the parties of their obligations in the event of significant unforeseen circumstances that are typically outside of their control. Essentially, it is a contract provision that relieves the parties from performing their contractual obligations when circumstances beyond their control...

Draft Final CIF Windup Plan released for consultation

On August 15, 2019, the Honourable Jeff Yurek, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks directed the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority (RPRA) and Stewardship Ontario (SO) to, amongst other things, develop a plan to windup the existing Blue Box Program Plan (BBPP) and the CIF as soon as...

Providing waste services during a pandemic

Last week, in response to the evolving COVID-19 situation, the Ontario government ordered at-risk workplaces to close-down, while asking essential businesses and services to put in place “any and all measures to safeguard the well-being of their employees on the front-lines”.  With regards to waste and recycling, municipalities across...

Third year of waste composition studies gives valuable insights

Reliable data from waste composition studies helps monitor performance and plan for the future, but gathering this information can be time-consuming and expensive. To remove the burden for individual programs, the CIF and Stewardship Ontario conducted and shared results of waste composition studies from municipalities throughout the province. Results are...

Processing cost savings with covered bins

In 2019, the Township of Algonquin Highlands started testing the effectiveness and efficiency of using covers for 40-yard fibre recycling bins. The goal of the project was to assess whether a covered bin would improve the quality of materials and help avoid increases in processing costs. Notices from the MRF...

End market options for post-consumer glass

In 2018, 78,076 tonnes of clear and mixed coloured glass were reported as being marketed to end users according to the RPRA Datacall. The majority of this volume was marketed to NexCycle Industries. The combined factors of the proximity to Ontario MRFs and their ability to manage post-consumer material...

Moving away from the CIF Price Sheet

For years, the CIF has published the monthly CIF Price Sheet which highlights prices reported by municipalities for marketed, largely post-consumer, residential materials such as metals, glass, plastics and fibres. As part of the transition of Ontario’s Blue Box Program to individual producer responsibility the CIF has been directed...