Training & Events

Development of the skills and core competency of staff involved in running Ontario’s Blue Box Program increases the effectiveness and efficiency of the overall Program. The CIF has provided numerous skills development opportunities over the years such as outreach sessions, conferences (e.g. Ontario Recycler Workshop), classroom training and online skills development services.


Upcoming Events

CIF Workshops: Post-Collection Asset Valuation for Operators of Depots & Transfer Stations/Small MRFs

  • Do you need help making blue box transition related decisions?
  • Do you know what your options are (e.g., maintain, sell, lease, repurpose)?
  • Do you need help putting together council recommendations for what to do with your post collection assets?
  • Would you like to meet with municipal peers and learn how they’re addressing transition issues?

Invitation and Workshop details (December 17, 2021) or contact us

Notes: There are a limited number of seats remaining. This training is limited to municipal and First Nation staff. 

Group 1: Depot Operators
  • Monday, January 24, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. & 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, January 25, 2022 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, January 26, 2022 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Group 2: Transfer Station/Small MRF Operators
  • Monday, January 31, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. & 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 2, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. & 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Past Events

November 30 - December 1, 2021: Pre-Transition Contract Management Online Training

Now you know when your community will transition to the new producer-led blue box system, but, in the meantime, what’s the best way to address challenges in existing collection and processing contracts? This online training workshop addressed pre-transition procurement & contract management related issues facing municipalities.

Objectives

  • Understand your responsibilities as a contract administrator
  • Understand roles & responsibilities of all contract parties
  • Identify common issues & potential problems/pitfalls
  • Understand potential responses to deal with contract deficiencies

Some example topics include:

  • Price adjustments: renegotiating collection, processing, and/or service rates
  • Scope of work adjustments: changing the list of targeted materials (e.g. remove glass)
  • Addressing lack of competition: especially in rural areas with few local service providers
  • “Off Ramp” clauses: early termination, extensions, reassignment, unbundling, and what to do if there are no off ramp clauses

The course

The course was delivered in four, two-hour sessions over Zoom (dates and times below). There was a mix of lecture, quizzes and interactive discussion. This is an opportunity to examine your existing contracts to determine their strength and limitations, as well as what to do if recommended clauses do not currently exist in your contract.

Participants were required to complete a pre-course assignment prior to the start of the course.

November 2 & 4, 2021: Blue Circle Virtual Event

CIF hosted a virtual event on November 2 & 4, 2021, to provide an update on the transition of Ontario’s blue box program to full producer responsibility and the work CIF is doing to support municipal and First Nation staff.


Session 1: Transition to Producer Responsibility: What we know now.

Tuesday, November 2, 2021. 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Transition is happening, but what does that mean, exactly? In this session, we’ll take a step back and present an overview of what we know, and don’t yet know, about transition.  We’ll also speak to what the CIF has been doing and our plans for the future.

Geoff Rathbone, Continuous Improvement Fund (CIF)

Geoff has over 30 years experience in the environmental sector, having held significant roles with private and municipal organizations. Geoff was previously the City of Toronto’s General Manager for Solid Waste Management Services and Vice President of Resource Recovery at Progressive Waste Solutions, and the Director of Transition at the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority, where he was responsible for overseeing the wind up of legacy waste diversion programs in order to transition the materials to Ontario’s new individual producer responsibility regulatory framework.

Carrie Nash, Continuous Improvement Fund (CIF)

Carrie has been with the Continuous Improvement Fund for over 9 years. This year she has led the development and implementation of CIF’s transition support efforts which included work in the areas of communications, collection & post-collection, contracts and fair compensation. Carrie’s previous work experience in the public and private sectors has given her an understanding of the policy and practice framework from which municipalities, producers and other stakeholders operate.

Dave Gordon, Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO)

Dave Gordon is Senior Advisor – Waste Diversion for the Association of Municipalities of Ontario.  Dave has been active in the waste management industry for over 25 years having held positions in both the public and private sector.  Over the last five years, he has helped lead the successful shift of Ontario’s Blue Box to full producer responsibility and worked closely with the province on other key regulatory policies related to producer responsibility, organic waste reduction and diversion, and environmental oversight and enforcement.


Session 2: Working with contracts in the lead up to transition.

Tuesday, November 2, 2021. 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. POSTPONED

The panel that was planned on the topic of contracts has been postponed. CIF is planning a future workshop dedicated to this topic. If you haven’t already, sign up for CIF’s mailing list for updates.


Session 3: Transition planning for collection and post-collection

Thursday, November 4, 2020. 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Moved to: Tuesday, November 2, 2021. 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

CIF is working to streamline our transition planning. Join us for this session to hear your municipal peers and CIF staff talk about Collection (curbside/depots) guidance and Post-Collection (transfer stations/MRFs) decision making/asset valuation tools and workshops.

Neil Menezes, EcoCompass Inc.

Neil has over ten years of experience within the solid waste and recycling industry, specializing in designing and implementing effective waste diversion initiatives by providing measurable strategies to increase diversion, optimize MRF operations, and model financial impacts. Neil has extensive experience working with municipalities, companies, producer responsibility organizations, and government agencies to meet regulatory requirements and has been involved in policy work to on-the-ground operations.

Dave Yousif, Region of Peel

Dave is an Advisor in the Waste Planning group at the Region of Peel. He has 15 years of experience in the field of waste management and has worked for several Ontario municipalities and consulting firms. He holds a Masters of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo. Dave is currently the lead on the Blue Box Transition project at the Region.

Heather McConnell, City of Guelph

Heather Connell is the Technical Manager for Solid Waste Resources with the City of Guelph. She has been in Solid Waste Management for 12 years in various roles from program development, to project management and capital planning. She is a Professional Engineer and holds a Bachelor and Masters of Engineering from University of Western Ontario. Heather is responsible for leading the strategic direction and transition plan for the City’s blue box program.


Session 4: What to expect when your expecting multiple PROs?

Thursday, November 4, 2020. 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Moved to: Thursday, November 4, 2020. 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Ontario’s blue box regulation allows for there to be more than one Producer Responsibility Organization (PRO) – a notable difference from how the program operates today, and how full producer responsibility unfolded in British Columbia. In this session, we’ll hear what’s happening in jurisdictions around the world that have more than one PRO operating programs, such as Germany, Austria and the United States. We’ll also share strategies municipalities and First Nation communities can utilize to contribute to the successful implementation of producer responsibility in Ontario.

Derek Stephenson, Strategy Matters Inc.

Derek is recognized as an international expert in the design, implementation and management of recycling programs for used packaging and products, through voluntary industry-led initiatives and under extended producer responsibility legislation. This work contributes to sustainability by quantifying and internalizing waste management costs to the producers and consumers of these products. This work has taken him to over 50 countries to date.

October 7, 2021: WAMT Demonstration

Demonstration of the Waste Analysis Management Tool (WAMT)

Waste Composition Studies have provided an enormous amount of data over the years to Ontario municipalities. Now, CIF has developed a tool to streamline the analysis, allowing municipalities to easily compare reports over time and with other municipal groupings. Learn more about the Waste Analysis Management Tool (WAMT) here. 

Spring/Summer 2021: Pre-Transition Contract Management Online Training

Dates:

  • June 22 & 24, 2021
  • July 7 & 8, 2021
  • July 14 & 5, 2021

Now you know when your community will transition to the new producer-led blue box system, but, in the meantime, what’s the best way to address challenges in existing collection and processing contracts? Join us for an online training workshop to address pre-transition procurement & contract management related issues facing municipalities.

Objectives

  • Understand your responsibilities as a contract administrator
  • Understand roles & responsibilities of all contract parties
  • Identify common issues & potential problems/pitfalls
  • Understand potential responses to deal with contract deficiencies

Some example topics include:

  • Price adjustments: renegotiating collection, processing, and/or service rates
  • Scope of work adjustments: changing the list of targeted materials (e.g. remove glass)
  • Addressing lack of competition: especially in rural areas with few local service providers
  • “Off Ramp” clauses: early termination, extensions, reassignment, unbundling, and what to do if there are no off ramp clauses

The course

The course is being delivered in four, two-hour sessions over Zoom (dates and times below). There will be a mix of lecture, quizzes and interactive discussion. This is an opportunity to examine your existing contracts to determine their strength and limitations, as well as what to do if recommended clauses do not currently exist in your contract.

  • Day One. 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Day Two: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Participants will be required to complete a pre-course assignment prior to the start of the course. Information will be sent out once registration has been approved.

This session is limited to 20 participants.

Participants of this course will be eligible for Continuing Education Units (CEU) in the Datacall. Municipalities are encouraged to maintain a record of staff that attend.

March 2021: Ontario Recycler Workshop for small communities

CIF hosted a special Ontario Recycler Workshop (ORW) for small municipal and First Nations communities. This online event was Thursday, March 4, 2021.

With the release of the final new blue box regulations on the horizon, this special ORW featured presentations and discussions designed to help small municipalities and First Nations understand the implications and planning needs for their communities as Ontario’s Blue Box program begins to transition to an Individual Producer Responsibility (IPR) framework.


Panel 1: The path to IPR for small communities

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This presentation contained a breakdown the who, what and when of the Ontario blue box program’s transition to Individual Producer Responsibility. This session provided an overview of what’s happening with the legislation, what may change in your community, when the changes may happen, who the key players are, and how the CIF can help you prepare.

 

Panel 2: Overview of CIF IPR resources and group discussions

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The CIF is here to help! The afternoon session was a virtual walk through of the CIF resources available to support municipalities and First Nations groups through the IPR transition process. Participants took part in breakout discussions facilitated by CIF staff, about operations, contracts, and promotion & education. The group discussions allowed for networking, shared opportunities, and learnings.

October 2020: Ontario Recycler Workshop Online

The CIF Ontario Recycler Workshop (ORW) was delivered as an online event on October 6 and 8, 2020. With 27 speakers and over 150 attendees, the panels incorporated engaging discussions around what was known and still unknown about transitioning Ontario’s Blue Box program to an Individual Producer Responsibility (IPR) framework.


Panel 1: RRCEA Blue Box Regulations. The here and now

This moderated discussion on transitioning to an IPR framework included speakers representing a range of different perspectives talking about how they see the new regulation shaping their sphere of work in the future.

View the slides (PDF)


Panel 2: Planning for transition. Enforcement, contamination, new tech

This session offered municipalities a better understanding of how to anticipate and respond to the impacts of transition. Topics ranged from municipal enforcement strategies through to shifting contamination definitions and lessons learned from BC’s experience with EPR. It also featured an update on London’s efforts to divert flexible film and other difficult to recycle plastics using the Hefty® EnergyBag® program.


Panel 3: Preparing collection systems for transition

With IPR on the horizon, what are municipalities doing to prepare their collection systems for transition? This panel highlighted a selection of transition projects that municipalities can consider as implementation strategies are revealed in the coming months, including logistics and costs of alternate collection methods for problematic materials and making program changes in response to managing contamination.

The full webinar recording is below, or you can watch the pre-recorded videos from each speaker on YouTube:

View the slides (PDF)


Panel 4: Ask an expert. Operational transition guidance from the pros

This facilitated Q&A panel with leading experts, focused on how to maintain efficiency and effectiveness as municipalities move towards transitioning to IPR. Industry experts shared insights into implementing successful P&E, setting up collection standards for contamination and enforcement, as well as procurement and contract management tips and other guidance.

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May 2017: Ontario Recycler Workshop
June 2016: Ontario Recycler Workshop
June 2015: Ontario Recycler Workshop
  • Slides – full day
    • ORW Panel 1 – CIF & Partner Updates
    • ORW Panel 2 – Operations: Factors to Consider When Planning for a Change
    • ORW Panel 3 – Fresh Approaches to Promotion & Education (P&E)
    • ORW Panel 4 – Obstacles & Opportunities in Optimizing Recycling
    • ORW Panel 5 – Discussion – Planning for the Future of Glass Recycling in Ontario
November 2014: Ontario Recycler Workshop
  • Slides – full day (36 MB)
    • Panel 1 – CIF & Partner Updates (3 MB)
    • Panel 2 – Operating Effective Depots (14 MB)
    • Panel 3 – Monitoring & Measuring Program Impacts (4 MB)
    • Panel 4 – Promotion & Education Matters (7 MB)
    • Panel 5 – Insights from the MRF (4 MB)
    • Panel 6 – Procurement, Contracting & Management: Working Toward Better Practices (0.5 MB)
  • Funded projects: project summaries and reports (where available)
June 2014: Ontario Recycler Workshop
  • Slides – full day (9 MB PDF)
October 2013: Ontario Recycler Workshop
November 2012: Ontario Recycler Workshop
April 2012: Ontario Recycler Workshop
November 2011: Ontario Recycler Workshop
June 2011: Ontario Recycler Workshop
November 2010: Ontario Recycler Workshop
June 2010: Ontario Recycler Workshop
June 2009: Ontario Recycler Workshop