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Online Training: Fundamentals in Recycling Training

Municipal and First Nations Staff can complete a free of charge 9-module fundamentals course online! If you’re new to this sector, or looking for a refresher on the basics of blue box planning this course is for you. 

Once registered, participants will work through the series of modules at a time and location of their choosing. The content is available 24/7, and can be accessed from any smart technology enabled device.

Objective: Provide information and insight to support key decisions related to planning, implementing and operating a Blue Box program.

Level of Effort: 

  • 9 modules lasting 20 minutes to 2 hours each; quiz to complete each module
  • Total of 21 to 28 hours
  • Content covers all the basics: legislation to markets, processing, collections, promotion & education and policies
  • Includes sections on measuring and monitoring and how to present consolidated plans to senior management or council

Course Includes: 

  • Narration of all content
  • Activities, case studies, knowledge check points
  • Comprehensive final exam requiring 80% to complete

What do Participants Say?

There’s value for everybody in this course; valuable background on your day to day work combined with up to the minute info on factors that may influence your work in the near or longer term. Here’s some of what we’ve heard from participants…

“I feel like I’m using all the information from this course!”

“The information on the policies surrounding waste management was the most valuable to me”

“I found it helpful to learn more about promotion and education”

“I appreciated all the real life examples from of what other municipalities are doing”

Sign Up for Continuous Intake in This Course

Continuous Intake 

If you’re interested in taking this course, sign up any time and jump right in. It will take about 3 months to finish the course from the date of your registration and you will need to set aside some dedicated time to be able to absorb the materials and complete the all nine modules.

To sign up, please  email Alexis Stupich:

Background on this course

Fundamental Principles in Recycling Planning is CIF’s first online course. Responding to ongoing requests to make the course available again, and the need of municipal staff to stretch their training dollars further, the CIF elected to transition this course, which used to be offered only in person over a 4-day period, into an online initiative.

For questions about this course, please email Jessica Landry.