CIF Connections Blog

City of Cornwall Shows It’s Possible to Establish a Beneficial Contract, Even in Uncertain Times

Photo courtesy of City of Cornwall The prospect of a new collection and processing contract is always going to be daunting. This process is compounded during times of uncertainty and impending regulatory change. Under Project 1075, the City of Cornwall (City) obtained assistance from the CIF to create a new collection and processing RFP, which represents the City’s single largest municipal contract. The goal of the RFP was to facilitate desired program development and at the same time, prepare the [...]

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Digital Communication: Can It Help Municipalities Change Resident Set out Behaviours?

Using digital media to get a message out is a relatively new practice for municipalities Over the last few years, groups have tested their hand at communicating through social media and other digital media platforms. What we’ve learned is that digital media, while allowing for faster circulation of our ‘calls to action’, still requires just as much planning and forethought, perhaps more so than traditional media. The audiences we’re speaking to have so many options when it comes to where to [...]

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Four Townships and a County: A Waste Management Review

In late 2017, the municipalities of Frontenac County set about with the support of Cambium Inc. to complete a “Made in Frontenac” approach, position and financial plan, to solid waste management. The municipalities comprised the Townships of Central Frontenac, Frontenac Islands, North Frontenac and South Frontenac. This was an important step for the municipalities in their goal to take control of their destiny by working closely together and being open to new approaches to solid waste management. The thought process [...]

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CIF’s Three Year Strategic Plan Finalized and Awaiting Approval

Last August, the CIF initiated consultation toward developing a new three year Strategic Plan. The goal was to ensure that CIF services continue to meet the needs of municipalities and other stakeholders in light of the current challenges facing the Blue Box Program. After significant input from a broad range of stakeholders, CIF Committee resolved to finalize the plan in May of this year and forward it on to RPRA for final approval. Day to day, Ontario Blue Box program [...]

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Ontario Recycler Workshop Resources: Available for a limited time

This year marked the 25th time that municipal staff and other experts stepped up to share their up to the minute insights on  issues facing the Blue Box program service providers at the Ontario Recycler Workshop (ORW). Each speaker carefully crafted presentations to ensure that the full house of participants would walk away armed with guidance and ideas to implement as soon as they arrived back to their home sites. We thank every speaker for your hard work and [...]

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A Major Ontario Municipality’s Cost Benefit Analysis for Curbside Waste Collection Policies

As part of ongoing efforts to increase residential waste diversion and considering the need to establish clearly defined service levels in its next collection contract, a large Ontario municipality recently completed a cost benefit analysis (CBA), retaining Dillon Consulting Limited (Dillon) through a competitive procurement process to complete the study. The goal was to identify the most effective curbside waste collection policy(ies) to help increase waste diversion and reduce the amount of residential garbage sent to landfill, while also considering [...]

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CIF launches new toolkit that simplifies full cost accounting for Ontario recycling programs

As existing diversion programs in Ontario begin transitioning to Individual Producer Responsibility (IPR), the importance of understanding the financial impact of these changes to municipalities is becoming increasingly clear. When Blue Box Program transition occurs, municipal staff will need to be prepared to inform their council of the service level and budgetary implications of turning over their recycling programs to producers or staying on as a service provider. This week’s blog provides a high-level overview of how small (and potentially [...]

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Chemical recycling and what it means for Ontario Blue Box programs

The Ontario government in its recent discussion paper: Reducing litter and waste in our communities offered the following: “The increased use of chemical recycling could be used to improve the effectiveness of existing recycling processes and to enable economic growth by expanding the potential end uses for materials that currently are sent to landfill.”  This blog, prepared by Dan Lantz of Crows Nest Environmental, looks at chemical recycling and the technological developments taking place around the world. Chemical recycling technologies [...]

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The Robots are here!

Robotic arm positively sorting HDPE (Source: Machinex Recycling Services Inc.) What is the Machinex SamurAI you ask? Well it’s all in the name. The capitalization of ‘AI’ at the end of the word SamurAI refers to the use of artificial intelligence technology in this sorting equipment. Reference to the Japanese warrior title signifies that the self-aware sorting robot is focussed, fast and precise. It was built to reduce dependence on manual sorting as it is designed to perform up to [...]

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Assessing Domestic Capacity to Consume Fibres from Ontario Blue Box Program

Background A few years ago, if you asked any North American Material Recycling Facility (MRF) where their recovered curbside newsprint was going, chances are they would tell you that some or all of it was being exported to China. During the past eighteen months, the Chinese government introduced the National Sword and Blue Sky regulations to curtail the amount of contamination from imports of recyclable materials being brought into the country. These restrictions resulted in North American municipalities and MRF processors [...]

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