It is Waste Reduction Week in Canada and the time when we traditionally celebrate the champions of waste diversion and recycling across all sectors. This year we are not only toasting our current award winners and saluting our program participants but, sadly, we are also paying tribute to the achievements of those who’ve gone before us.
This year we lost two of our own.
At the end of January we said goodbye to Jack McGinnis: one of RCO’s most loyal friends and colleagues and one of our founders. (Click here to read about Jack's contributions and work).
This week we learned of the passing of Nyle Ludolph last Friday. Nyle and Jack, along with Jack’s colleagues at Resource Integration Systems and Nyle’s employer Laidlaw Waste Systems, launched the first Blue Box trials in Kitchener in 1981. Those early efforts spawned what is now a worldwide waste management system and changed forever the way we look at waste. Without their work, we wouldn't be here today.
Please visit the Waterloo Region Record for a wonderful write-up on Nyle and his achievements. And please join us in honouring these two recycling pioneers, not just during Waste Reduction Week but year-round, by minimizing your own ecological footprint any way you can.