Each year, WDO requires municipalities to complete the Municipal Datacall in order to be eligible for funding for the Blue Box Program. 


To be eligible for funding in 2015, Ontario Municipalities, First Nations, and Recycling Associations that provided Blue Box services during 2013 must complete the annual Datacall. In cases where the tonnage, costs, and revenues associated with these services are being reported by another municipal program, completion of the annual Datacall is not required.

Municipal Datacall Update:  Deadline for 2013 Data is Friday, April 25


System Redesign Changes Working

WDO’s recent Municipal Datacall redesign is being well received as Datacall users enter information under the improved system for the first time in their 2014 reporting of 2013 statistics. Municipal Datacall users are noticing that less time and data are now required to report. For example, municipal programs previously needed to report data by each contract for all non-Blue Box services. Now, only the total amount recycled (in tonnes) of each non-Blue Box material is required.


In late March and earlier this month, WDO’s Data Manager Lori Andrews and Blue Box Oversight Analyst Will Mueller attended the Continuous Improvement Fund (CIF)/Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) Outreach Sessions to present an overview of the Municipal Datacall changes. These sessions were held in London, Peel, Smiths Falls, Dryden, and North Bay. Lori and Will participated in the first three sessions in person, and via webinar for the Dryden and North Bay sessions.


Content Changes Next

WDO’s CEO Michael Scott recently met with a number of municipal waste management staff in their own communities. The feedback from these sessions included more suggestions to improve the Municipal Datacall, such as incorporating other residential recycling initiatives (e.g., reuse) and changing the metrics used to report. As a first step in addressing these ideas, we will soon hold an informal roundtable discussion with municipal waste management operators.


We will advise everyone about our next steps to involve all stakeholders in identifying potential changes to Municipal Datacall that would help us to tell Ontario’s complete residential waste diversion story.


Datacall Deadline Reminder

Municipalities, recycling associations and First Nations that operate a Blue Box program and report residential waste diversion statistics annually to WDO have until Friday, April 25, 2014 at 4 pm (EST) to submit their 2013 data. As in previous years, this remains a firm deadline.


Please contact Lori Andrews (loriandrews@wdo.ca; 416-226-5113, ext. 294) if you have any questions about how to complete and submit your Municipal Datacall report.

The 2013 Municipal Datacall submission deadline is April 25, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. A copy of the Certification Document is due on May 2, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.

Login:  https://www.wdodatacall.ca/datacall2013/login.aspx


In addition, WDO requests the submission of tonnage data for all other waste materials it oversees, including hazardous or special waste, electrical and electronic, organics, garbage, and others. The data provided to WDO regarding these additional materials are valuable for calculating and analyzing diversion rates in Ontario.



If you require assistance with submitting your data, WDO provides online or phone support. A WDO representative will assist you in navigating the annual Datacall. WDO will also provide a limited number of onsite support visits between late February and the end of March. During these support visits, a WDO representative will review with you your general ledger records, invoices, contracts, cost allocations, and other data. To request online or onsite support, please email datacall@wdo.ca by February 21, 2014.

Late Completion Policy

MIPC has established the following late submission policy:

  • Within 2 days of the submission deadline, WDO will notify a program of the missed deadline by fax and registered mail.
  • A 10% late penalty will apply if the Datacall is submitted within 5 business days of the date of the WDO correspondence.
  • If the Datacall is not received within 5 business days of the date of the notification by WDO, the program will not be eligible for funding in 2015.

February 11, 2014:  WDO Improves the Municipal Datacall


Today, WDO announced the completion of the Municipal Datacall redesign project involving 11 Ontario test municipalities and resulting in several user and data improvements. To view the announcement click here, and to see the accompanying Municipal Datacall Backgrounder, click here.