Continuous Improvement Fund (CIF) offers $3.635 Million to support Municipalities Blue Box Programs

Continuous Improvement Fund (CIF) 2018 Request for Expressions of Interest provides $3.635 million investment to support Ontario Municipalities Blue Box Recycling Programs

The Continuous Improvement Fund (CIF) was established to support Blue Box recycling programs operated by Ontario Municipalities. The 2018 Request for Expressions of Interest (REOI) is now open with the goal of investing in new initiatives that align with the priorities of the 2018 CIF Operations Plan. This includes slightly over $2.13 million allocated towards CIF’s Centre of Excellence that focuses on the delivery of tools and services that provide value to municipalities and stewards.

“The REOI focuses on transitional support for municipalities preparing for changes to the Blue Box Program Plan (BBPP) and/or Full Producer Responsibility. Projects that aim to generate cost savings and pursue innovative ideas to improve Blue Box recycling in Ontario will also be considered though these applications may be placed under additional scrutiny provided the current uncertainty surrounding the BBPP.”

Proposal submissions are due no later than Wednesday, May 9, 2018 by 4:00 p.m. REOI will be carefully reviewed by CIF to determine which projects provide the greatest value and benefits at local, multi-municipal or province-wide levels and present optimal return within their identified priorities (noted below) as well as in the 2018 CIF Operations Plan. The 2018 Funding Priorities are:

  • System optimization
  • Cost Savings or Cost Containment
  • Centre of Excellence projects, including:
  • Transitional support in response to new legislation
  • Waste composition studies
  • Development of better practices and tool kits
  • Outreach services
  • Procurement and contract management support services
  • Research into materials management
  • Performance audits Training initiatives

The CIF website has a number of online reference documents and resources to help with the development of your submission.

With the draft Amended Blue Box Program Plan Released by Stewardship Ontario in December 2017, Cambium encourages our clients to be informed about industry changes.  The CIF funding is an opportunity that can provide a means to implement your projects.

Cambium’s Waste Management Specialists – David Bucholtz, Stephanie Reeder, and Rob Arkell – welcome the opportunity to discuss your waste management needs and are happy to explore your project options for the CIF REIO.

Using Landfill Sites to Save Pollinators

Image Credit to the OWMA

The world is experiencing a decline in pollinator species that is very troubling. Pollinators like bees, hummingbirds and butterflies are essential to both the natural and agricultural environments. Without pollinator species we would experience severe food shortages due to very poor crop yields.

Some aspects of pollinator decline remain a mystery, for example; honeybees in North America are being wiped out faster than can be explained by habitat loss or other human factors. However, human activity is largely the cause of other pollinator decline. As such it is very important that we work towards providing pollinators with habitats and ensure their protection.

The Ontario Waste Management Association (OWMA) created this excellent infographic on taking advantage of landfills (historically closed, recently closed or even still active) to provide pollinator habitats – making excellent use of otherwise difficult to use land.

If you are operating a landfill site, Cambium can help. Cambium works all across the province on landfills: from environmental monitoring to closing procedures, we have a diverse array of experience in ensuring the safety, efficiency and best use of landfills. Our biology team is well versed in pollinator species and can help you do your part in saving them by assisting in the implementation of ideas presented by the OWMA.