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RCO Awards 2014

Date October 24, 2014 Author Jason Smith Categories Announcements


On Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 organizations and municipalities from across Ontario were feted at the Liberty Grand in Toronto as part of the annual RCO Awards Gala, which celebrates achievement, innovation, and continuous improvement in waste reduction and diversion.

As part of the ceremonies we were pleased to welcome Paul Evans, Deputy Minister, Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, who opened the evening with congratulations on behalf of the Government of Ontario, and a quick preview of what Ontarians can expect with regard to waste reduction moving forward (PDF).

The night also debuted formal recognition of organizations and properties that achieved 3RCertified status within the past year.

In addition to companies and municipalities, RCO celebrated individuals and grassroots initiatives that commit to fulfilling the 3Rs through the ‪Jack McGinnis Environmental Spirit Award.


For 2014, this award was presented jointly to Books With No Bounds and Active Vision Charity, which focus their charitable efforts on the dual issues of recycling and literacy: books are collected and channeled to indigenous communities in Canada's north and to groups in Guyana, SA.

Two additional honourary awards were presented to future leaders of waste reduction in Ontario: STEPS (Sustainable Thinking and Expression on Public Space) is a non-profit that uses art to connect people to public spaces and waste reduction; and Michelle Sin, a passionate waste reducing fashionista who submitted a line of clothing made from waste as her Grade 12 history project at Markville Secondary School.

For the RCO Awards, we were pleased to recognize nearly sixty organizations that pursued excellence in waste reduction and diversion in eight categories, and in particular, congratulate our Top Score winners:


Silver: Ivanhoe Cambridge
Gold: Aramark
Top Score (Gold): Wasteco


Gold: Storyboard Furniture

Festivals and Events:

Bronze: Oakville Ribfest

Municipal Special Project: 

Silver: The City of Markham; Niagara Region; York Region
Top Score (Gold): City of Toronto

Municipal Diversion: 

Gold: Region of Durham; City of Markham; Niagara Region
Top Score (Gold): City of Orillia 

Municipal Communications:

Silver: City of Markham; Niagara Region
Gold: City of Guelphy; City of Toronto
Top Score (Gold): York Region 

Sustainable Product and Service:

Silver: Genera Cycle; Mother Parkers; Pragmatech
Top Score (Platinum): Ricoh Canada; Raw Materials Company

Program Operator:

Top Score (Platinum): Raw Materials Company; SLM Logistics 

Institional, Commercial, and Industrial (IC&I) sector: 


  • Bentall Kennedy: Windsor Crossing
  • 20 VIC Management: 1 Queen Street East
  • Morguard Investments: Bramalea City Centre
  • Oxford Property Group: Royal Bank Plaza and Upper Canada Mall
  • Ivanhoe Cambridge: Bayshore Shopping Centre, Vaughan Mills,  Maple View Centre
  • Cooper Standard
  • Estee Lauder
  • Hoffmann La-Roche
  • Rockwell Automation
  • Canadian Tire: Brampton Distribution Centre


  • Menkes Property Management: Aerocentre
  • Oxford Properties Group: 315/325 Front Street
  • University of Toronto
  • RioCan: Burlington Mall
  • Dream Management: Sussex Centre
  • GWL Reality Advisors: Commerce Court
  • Apotex
  • Canadian Tire: Resource Recovery, Airport Campus
  • Symcor
  • Ivanhoe Cambridge: Devonshire Mall, Quinte Mall, Dixie Outlet Mall


  • Canadian Tire: AJ Billes Distribution Centre
  • Teknion
  • Keilhauer
  • Collier International: Mississauga Executive Centre
  • Menkes Property Mangement: Beaver Creek Campus
  • Ivanhoe Cambridge: Simpson Tower, Lynden Park Mall, Conestoga Mall

Top Score (Platinum):

  • Woodbine Entertainment Group
  • SC Johnson



  • The Marleigh
  • U-PAK
  • Vision Quest Environmental
  • Waste Management


  • Magic Maintenance


  • Raw Materials Company

Top Score (Gold):

  • Durham Partners
  • Greenspace Waste Solutions




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