CIF Connections Blog

Niagara Continues to Show Leadership in Addressing Problematic Materials

Like many municipalities, Niagara faced a challenge in managing its mixed broken glass (MBG). Historically, the Region used its manually sorted MRF glass in its EcoGlass plant to produce abrasives for sandblasting. Due to changes in MRF processing design resulting in a transition from manual glass sorting to mixed broken glass the plant was unable to process this contaminated MBG feedstock. This forced the Region to ship its MGB to a third party pre-processor and import clean glass for use [...]

Resources for More than 150 Blue Box Depots Across Ontario

Depot operations used to seem pretty easy: set out a few roll off bins, add a bit of signage and collect up all the waste and recyclables your residents wanted to bring to you. But that was always a myth. Blue Box depot at Woodstock Operating efficient and safe recycling depots requires planning that can more closely represent a department store than a waste management facility. Understanding the complexities in depot design, construction and operations is critical to making one work [...]

Residue Management: Is Technology the Solution?

Residue rates in Ontario have more than doubled over the past 15 years from 4% to a provincial average of 9.6%. Dual-stream residue rates are in the range of 7.6% while single-stream rates exceed the provincial average at 11.6% and both are continuing in an upward trend adding stress to the economics of recycling. Management approaches to this problem fall into two camps: technology-based solutions that improve sorting capabilities vs. policy & enforcement-based solutions that require residents to recycle in [...]

Managing Residue in Multi-res Buildings: What’s the Best Solution?

For most programs, collecting quality recyclables from multi-residential (MR) buildings is still a big hill to climb, despite efforts to increase convenience and capacity and communicate effectively. The question remains: is it best to use technology to clean up materials at the MRF or can we change behaviour with P&E and enforcement? With more than 25% of its residents in MR buildings, the Region of Peel has focused on developed a strong MR recycling program and achieved important gains through [...]

EPR & RFP, Tender & Contract Support

Yankee baseball legend Yogi Berra said, “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.” Unfortunately, we are now forced to do just that with respect to the effect of new Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) legislation on recycling collection and processing contracts that are up for renewal. Many municipalities have waited a long time to see what will be required in new contracts as result of passage of Bill 151, the Waste-Free Ontario Act, 2016. We simply don’t know yet. So what [...]

Insights & Information at 2016 CIF Outreach Sessions

CIF staff recently completed spring outreach meetings around the Province, with municipal staff and politicians in Dryden, London, North Bay, Oliver Paipoonge, Peel, Smiths Falls, Spanish and Wawa. Despite some unforgiving late spring weather, participation was as strong as ever. Our sincere thanks to each host community and their staff for the great hospitality, to the guest speakers from AMO and WDO and to the many municipal staff who took time out of their busy schedules to participate. Items on [...]

Lessons in Taking Advice – and Running with It!

Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs) use a lot of electricity. The City of London (the City) owns and contracts out the operation of a two-stream Regional MRF to process approximately 35,000 tonnes of Blue Box recyclables annually for itself and 8 neighbouring municipalities. London MRF In reviewing electricity costs with London Hydro, city staff noted that a recurring power factor below 90% was resulting in costly penalties. Power factor is a measure of energy consumed divided by the energy provided to meet [...]

Success in Establishing New Contracts in a Time of Change

Bill 151, the Waste Free Ontario Act raises questions for communities that need to establish new or extend existing contracts. Without knowing exactly when the legislation will come into force or what it will mean, it’s important to provide flexibility through shorter term contracting to prevent unfunded obligations or a need to break terms of a multi-year agreement. New Contracts for Recyclingin the City of Peterborough RFP and Contract Assistance for the City of Peterborough The City of Peterborough’s processing and [...]

Red Lake’s Recycling Transport Upgrades

Getting recyclable materials to market without breaking the bank is a common challenge faced by remote municipalities in Northern Ontario. Inadequate infrastructure and considerable geographic distances to recycling centres can quickly inflate shipping costs. The Municipality of Red Lake decided to overcome these challenges by making an investment in their recycling transport infrastructure with the help of a CIF grant. Prior to the investment, the municipality shipped its recyclable materials to the Dryden Recycling Facility using a contracted straight-bodied garbage [...]

Cleaner bales for increased revenues; It just makes sense

In the face of a continually evolving mix of consumer packaging, MRF operators must make strategic investments to maximize profitability from their available material stream. Niagara Region’s new eddy current separator system For Niagara Region, that meant installing a new Javelin Manufacturing L.L.C. eddy current separator system (ECSS) to reduce residue in its aluminum stream. With this change, the Region has been able to upgrade its used aluminum beverage container (UBC) bales to primary grade and secure pricing at $344/tonne more [...]