Issue 19, June 2013

First off, let me start this issue of Connections by taking a moment to thank all of you who participated again this spring in the AMO/CIF joint outreach consultations.  I think I can safely speak for both organizations with I say that your involvement is invaluable. 

Over 110 people representing over 60 municipalities participated in five sessions across Ontario this spring. Your comments and input serve to guide AMO policy considerations, and CIF planning and priority development.  It’s an important opportunity for all of us to sit back and talk about what’s working and what isn’t. If the feedback we’ve received this year is any indication, then it certainly sounds like we’ve made great progress over the past several months and as always, there are opportunities for continuous improvement.

Here is a sample of some of the themes we heard in your comments.

There is continued support for CIF including:

  • There is continued support for CIF including:
    • ongoing support for the Centre of Excellence,
    • continued project funding, and
    • support for funding up to 5% of steward obligation.
  • Attendees found the 2013 REOI easier to understand, with simpler forms and with a focus on the right areas.
  • Participants appreciate the fact that AMO and CIF are visiting their parts of the province to find out more about local conditions and their day to day working environments.
  • There is a desire for CIF to develop more local working groups.
  • Participants voiced support to include the following in the 2014 budget:
    • province-wide P&E campaigns,
    • school curriculum & multi-language P&E,
    • more composition auditing, and
    • on-line training.

I will let you know when the 2008 to 2013 Review is available and as always, I welcome your thoughts, concerns and questions,


Mike Birett, CIF Program Director or 905-936-5661


Update on 2013 CIF Request for Expressions of Interest

This year’s REOI attracted 47 excellent applications for a total funding request of $15 million. REOI review is underway now with results expected in September. Read more

Project Reports

Electrical Retrofits Lead to Substantial Cost Savings at OVWRC

At OVWRC, a lighting retrofit project has contributed to a $4,000 energy cost reduction in the first year alone. With a payback period of just over three years, maybe this is the kind of cost-savings solution you have been looking for. Read more

Greater Sudbury Finds that Large Containers Can Work!

The City of Greater Sudbury is using new 32-gallon bins and agree with the city’s contractors – these bins work well! Read more

'Smart' RFP Results in Cost-effective Enhancements at the Durham MRF

Durham Region’s new contract to operate and maintain its MRF was designed using the CIF’s model tender. The Region is seeing major operational changes that will result in substantial savings. Read more

Solar Compactors Add Up to Substantial Cost-savings for Low Volume Programs

Smaller programs can achieve big cost savings too – as the Township of Carling, the District Municipality of Muskoka and several other programs have found by installing solar compactors at transfer stations and depots. Read more

Accumulating CIF Project Learnings to Meet the Multi-Res Challenge…

Multi-res recycling experts from CIF-funded projects are sharing their wealth of information to contribute to a robust body of knowledge about how to make recycling work in multi-res buildings. Read more

On Another Note…

CIF’s Container Purchasing Program

New tenders for the CIF joint procurement program for containers are expected to be available in the fall. Read more

Project Support Webinars for Municipal Staff

The CIF is conducting webinars to simplify procedures for various items, especially for small and medium size communities. Read more

Just Who are CIF Staff?

Would you like to know more about CIF staff and who we work for? Read more


Blue Box Training Course Comes to Barrie in the Fall

The next CIF training session to be hosted by the CIF will focus on Blue Box performance monitoring and measurement. Read more

Thanks to all for the Spring Ontario Recycler Workshop

The April Ontario Recycler Workshop in Kingston was a great success and we’ll soon be planning for the October 10 event. Read more