The Ontario Waste Management Association (OWMA) has been engaged by Stewardship Ontario (SO) to undertake a comprehensive private sector assessment of best practices as it relates to the design and delivery of municipal blue box programs. The cooperative initiative is currently underway and is engaging the experience and expertise of OWMA members in identifying those practices that provide the foundation for sustainable and cost-effective municipal recycling. Nigel Guilford of Guilford and Associates Inc. has been retained by OWMA to lead the research project. The target date for completion of the project is December 31, 2006 and the project timelines will provide an opportunity for all OWMA members to contribute to the project findings. The project report will reflect a “private sector perspective” and will contribute to the more expansive efforts by Stewardship Ontario to identify blue box best practices.