Blue Box Transition to Individual Producer Responsibility (IPR)

Resources have been compiled to aid municipalities in preparing for transition of Ontario’s Blue Box Program to an individual producer responsibility (IPR) system. As new resources become available, they will be posted to this section.

Templates, Tools & Resources

Cost Models

Blue Box Program ABC Cost Model

The intent of this model, developed for Project #1041, is to support municipalities and provide them with an understanding of the impact they may incur by transitioning to EPR/IPR or alternative options. Watch this two-minute video of municipal staff explaining why Council decided to fund a major Activity Based Costing project.

Collection and Diversion Options Analysis

Under Project #1043, this integrated curbside waste collection model was developed to consider of future collection service options. Model evaluates costs, GHG emissions, and diversion rates with the implementation of various policies including clear bags for garbage, pay-as-you-throw, containerized garbage collection, mandatory separation, garbage bag/container limits, and material bans.

Curbside Collection Cost Model

This ABC Tool was developed for a workshop in 2016 as part of Project #965. It is an excel spreadsheet designed to help estimate the full costs of capital, staffing and other resources required to provide curbside collection services. See also the presentation and handouts from the workshop. To update the worksheet or for more information please contact Laurie Westaway.

Depot Costing Model

This model, developed under Project #758, is designed to help plan costs to expand, construct and operate depots receiving under 500 tonnes/yr. of recyclables. For more information see the “Comparison of Recycling Depot Costs” final report.

EPR Activity Based Costing Model

Under Project #977, this template aims to support municipalities in better understanding the financial impact to their respective solid waste management divisions as the Province of Ontario transitions towards an Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) framework. See the instructions for further information.

IPR Transition Financial Planning Model 

Developed under Project #1116, the purpose of this model is to aid municipalities in pinpointing and qualifying the most economical timeline to transition Blue Box systems to Individual Producer Responsibility (IPR) between 2023-2025. Updated from a previous version (Project #1041), the updated model incorporates unique collection and services inputs that improve its utility for other Ontario municipalities. Upgrades have included Material Recycling Facility ownership, multiple depots, multi-collection contract scenarios (including municipal forces), and the option to transition either/or single family and multi-residential collection services.

Landfill Cost Model

This cost model is designed to help determine the cost allocation of recyclables entering/consuming available landfill capacity. The model calculates the present value of the costs required to establish, operate and conduct post-closure monitoring over the life of the landfill and allocate these costs on a densified volume basis.

MRF Materials Processing Cost Model

This ABC Tool is designed to help estimate and allocate the full costs of processing individual materials in a Material Recovery Facility. For more information, please contact Carrie Nash.

Small Municipality Full Cost Accounting Toolkit

Developed under Project #1034, this toolkit employs accounting inputs to create a full cost accounting of recycling programs. The goal of this project was to field test existing CIF costing tools to determine program costs and then design internal accounting controls required for municipalities to actively track and report these costs.

Committee and Council Reports
RFP/Tender Samples and Clauses

The CIF has also compiled a preliminary list of Individual Producer Responsibility (IPR) transition clauses that may be used for future RFP/Tender documents and a sample Collection and Processing RFP, including annotations, explanations, better practices and alternate worded clauses.

Asset Valuation

Municipalities owning major Blue Box related assets and businesses may need to value them prior to making decisions to retain or divest Blue Box operations following transition to IPR.

CIF Funded Projects: Transition
CIF Connections Blog: Transition