August 30, 2015

Plastic Film Study

Determination of the cost and performance implications of managing film plastic in the Hamilton MRF. This study also investigates alternative collection options, such as depot or return to retail, and whether or not they offer a viable and less costly alternative to the current system. Documents Final Report: Comparison of Current Systems...

July 27, 2010

Peel MRF QC Station Installation

This project involves the design and installation of three quality control stations in the Peel Region materials recycling centre. The new stations will allow Peel’s contractor to better control end product quality for the corrugated cardboard and baled materials streams (in particular aluminum) and reduce the loss of recyclables into the residue stream. The new stations are...

September 29, 2011

Aluminum Blower Replacement

The OVWRC regularly encounters unscheduled down time due to aluminum jamming in their aluminum conveyance system.  They propose to replace the existing system with a larger diameter tube and blower. The total cost of the project is approx. $60k with a projected savings of under 2 yrs.  CIF has contributed...

November 13, 2008

Optical Sorter

Install a two-valve TiTech Polysort Optical sortation system in the MRF. Documents Final Report: Review of the City of Hamilton Optical Sorting System Blog Post Related Projects Categories Innovation | Innovation | MRF | Operations | Processing |    

October 1, 2013


Durham Region is proposing to purchase a higher throughput single ram baler to handle the increased plastics volumes and to enable them to increase the throughput of the MRF, positioning them as a potential regional MRF in a more optimized blue box system.  Because of aggressive marketing campaigns and the...

October 1, 2013

MRF Upgrade – Baler

Installation of a higher capacity baler with an improved energy efficiency rating that will allow for reduced utility costs, as well as a reduction of labour, operational supplies and hauling expenses. Documents Final Report: CIF Summary Report Addendum: Baler Upgrade at the Material Recycling Centre (MRC) Blog Post Related Projects Categories Best Practices | Operations | Processing...

September 29, 2014

Hamilton MRF Container Line Upgrade

This project supports the installation of a second optical sorter on Hamilton’s container line and re-purposing of their existing optical to improve the capture of high value commodities and reduce process loss.  A 2014 MRF efficiency audit (CIF #816.3) recommended the installation to help increase revenue generating potential and reduce...

September 2, 2015

Armour Energy and Labour Savings Initiatives

This project involves modification of Armour’s plastics handling processes to reduce labour costs. The projected cost of the work is expected to be $21,000 and CIF will contribute up to 36% of costs or approx. $7,600. Documents Synopsis Blog Post Related Projects Categories Best Practices | MRF | Operations | Processing |    

November 22, 2016

Durham MRF Container Line Upgrade

Durham Region MRF container line redesign and upgrade to accommodate an increased volume of inbound plastics. Documents Final Report: Durham Region MRF Container Line Productivity and Efficiency Upgrade Blog Post October 4, 2019: Maintaining Efficiency & Effectiveness (E&E) with a payback of 2.2 years Related Projects Categories Best Practices | MRF | Operations |    

October 7, 2015

EWSWA Container Line Residue Conveyor & Fibre Line Optical Sorter

Conduct a MRF efficiency study and install capital improvements based on confirmation upgrades to container residue conveyor and fibre line optical sorter are recommended. Documents Blog Post July 9, 2020: The potential of small upgrades to make a big difference Related Projects Categories Best Practices | MRF | Operations | Processing |    

July 14, 2017

Polystyrene Densifier Pilot

Toronto, like many municipalities, is encountering problems with the marketing of its curbside collected EPS.  This pilot explored use of new technology to produce a marketable material.  The CIF contributed $35,000 to this pilot. Documents Final Report: Toronto's Expanded Polystyrene Densification and Marketing Pilot Blog Post July 13, 2018: CIF Pilot Project Confirms Expanded...