Issue 20, September 2013

Since May, Alec, Carrie and I have logged over 10,000 km and met with staff from dozens of programs from Renfrew to Cochrane through to Essex Windsor and more. Certainly the discussions have been flavoured by the release of Bill 91, and questions about its implications and possible impacts on CIF funding applications and programs abound.  Despite the uncertainty, the Bill is generating constructive dialogue about how municipalities can work with their neighbours to create functional 'waste sheds' and cooperatives and we'll share some of those successes at the fall ORW along with our insights on the Bill.

On the REOI front, those who have been through the CIF application process know it takes time to flesh out the details and refine project deliverables to ensure an application's best chances of approval.  We are closing in on October approvals for project applications under the 2013 REOI (with details below). Please don't hesitate to call your project manager for an update on your project's status.

CIF staff members are also working with municipalities to complete outstanding projects, release the findings and invoice the CIF for their efforts. With only a handful of 2009 projects left, we're already chasing the outstanding 2010 projects for results.  If you have an outstanding project and haven't heard from one of us...you will soon! We encourage you to check out new project reports posted on the CIF website and to read through the CIF 2008 to 2013 Review a new document that summarizes the impact of this work over the past five years.

Looking ahead, planning is well underway for next month’s Ontario Recycler Workshop (ORW) and the Blue Box training session that will take place in Barrie on October 8 and 9 respectively. Details about both events follow toward the end of this issue of Connections. 

Last but not least, budget season is next up on our radar, with plans to present the proposed 2014 budget to the CIF Committee in early November. Over the past year, many of you have given Alec, Carrie and I excellent ideas for future initiatives and fundable projects. We've discussed funding more audits, developing multi-language P&E and working on standards and best practices for drop off and depot operations - just to name a few. If you have ideas for next year, now is the time to put them in front of us so we can include them in the 2014 budget.

As always, I welcome your comments, questions and concerns. And…I’ll look forward to seeing you at the ORW if not before.

Mike

Mike Birett, CIF Director
mbirett@wdo.ca or 905-936-5661

Reporting on CIF 2008 to 2013 Review

CIF staff are sometimes asked… ”but what do all these projects really amount to?” We’re glad you ask and even more happy to share results of a recent comprehensive program review. Read more …

REOI Update

The CIF anticipates announcing project approvals under this year’s REOI next month. We have received nearly 50 applications that demonstrate your initiative, ingenuity and thoughtful suggestions for creating solutions to recycling issues. Read more ...

Spring Consultation 2013 Sessions on the Blue Box Program

The opinions and perspectives that you shared during the spring AMO Blue Box consultations have provided vital input that we will take into account in developing the 2014 CIF budget. Read more …

Projects

Completing Projects and Sharing Results in 2013

Congratulations to all staff that have completed their CIF projects or are coming into the home stretch now. We value your efforts and are working closely with every municipality that has outstanding CIF projects to complete the work and share the findings. Read more…

Urban Transfer Station in Halton Region: A Cost-Effective Solution to Manage Increased Volumes from Population Growth

Servicing a growing urban community, Halton Region installed a transfer station that improved collection services and saves money. Read more ...

Adding Capacity to Expand Materials in Essex-Windsor

Essex-Windsor offered larger blue boxes and expanded plastics collection to nearly double incoming tonnage in just the first eight months. Read more ...

City of Toronto’s Tower Renewal Project Seeks to Increase Recycling in Diverse Multi-family Residences

On a budget of only $2,000 per building, the City of Toronto demonstrates that with adequate promotion and education and incremental infrastructure changes, residents can recycle effectively. Read more …

Events

Fall ORW Comes to Barrie, Ontario on Tuesday, October 8, 2013

This ORW features speakers who can shed light on key aspects of Bill 91 (the Waste Diversion Act) as well as provide insights on program optimization, using data for project planning and much more. Read more ...

Register

Blue Box Training Takes Place in Barrie on Wednesday, October 9

Recycling programs are frequently asked to project the impact of investments in new initiatives and program upgrades. The October 9 Benchmarking & Assessing course teaches participants how to do just that.  Read more…

MWA Announces Program for October 29 Fall Workshop

The Municipal Waste Association will host its fall workshop on Tuesday, October 29, also at the Barrie Holiday Inn. Read more …