Cooperative Container Procurement Program

The CIF Cooperative Container Procurement Program (CCPP) provides Ontario municipalities and First Nations the opportunity to purchase blue boxes, recycling carts, and reusable bags at fixed prices secured through a competitive tender process. Participants in the CCPP retain their individual corporate status and are responsible for contracting directly with suppliers to make arrangements.

Ordering Containers

Click on the image of the container you are looking to purchase to open product, ordering and contact information from CIF’s selected suppliers.

Blue Box


Recycling Cart


Reusable Bag

Program Objective

Since 2009 CIF has coordinated the cooperative container procurement program for all Ontario Municipalities and First Nations. Request for Tenders (RFT) are issued by the CIF for blue boxes, recycling carts, and reusable bags. The rates secured are then extended to all provincial Blue Box program operators in order that they may purchase high quality containers at competitive rates. The overarching objective of these efforts is three-fold:

  1. Achieve overall system cost savings
    Providing an opportunity to work through a single cooperative tender process, in lieu of having individuals undertake their own procurement efforts and incur related expenses
  2. Leverage economies of scale
    Improving buying power by combining the container needs of numerous programs to attract multiple bids and ensure the best unit price is secured
  3. Encourage ‘Green’ procurement and market development
    Prioritizing the selection of containers featuring resins derived from plastics collected through Ontario’s residential Blue Box Program.

Each participating Municipality/First Nation retains its own separate corporate status and the responsibility of contracting directly with suppliers for container purchases. The CIF, as the issuer of the RFT, is not an agent of, partner to or representative of these entities and is not obligated or liable for any action or debts that may arise out of this cooperative procurement.

2021 Request for Tenders

In 2021, the RFTs for blue boxes, recycling carts, and reusable bags were issued on Monday, March 29 and the bid submission period closed on Monday, April 26. Companies bidding on the RFTs were required to submit bids representing products that met the best practice criteria for each container as outlined in the RFT documents. Submissions for the recycling carts & reusable bags RFTs which met all the best practice criteria and provided the lowest average unit price, including the cost of freight, were awarded the work. The blue boxes RFT included two portions to be awarded:

  • the lowest average unit price, including freight; and
  • the best combination of price and post-consumer resin sourced from the Ontario Residential Blue Box Program.

The 2021 RFT documents are available for download, below:

Small Order Program

There is a minimum order quantity for purchasing recycling carts (297) and reusable bags (3,000) from suppliers through the CIF CCPP. To assist those who cannot meet these minimum order quantities, vendors may combine and coordinate purchases of generic recycling carts or reusable bags. If you are interested in this, please contact the vendor and/or CIF staff, who will work to organize an order call.

Please note, for these orders the recycling cart will be a generic container with no municipal specific information. For reusable bags, the CIF has created artwork that can be used by most programs.

For more information on this program, contact Jessica Landry.