Contact: Jo-Anne St. Godard, Executive Director
Recycling Council of Ontario
Tel: (905) 586-5866
The Recycling Council of Ontario capped off a very successful Waste Reduction Week in Canada campaign with its annual gala that celebrates waste diversion excellence in Ontario - the Ontario Waste Minimization Awards. Three hundred guests attended the event held Thursday, October 22nd at the Atlantis Pavilion, Ontario Place. The Honourable John Gerretsen, Ontario's Minister of the Environment, was on hand to make a personal congratulatory message.
"You are driving change in our province by finding ways to meet the challenges of waste diversion and reduction." Minister Gerretsen added that "your actions to protect our environment are laying the foundation for a green economy and a more sustainable future."
Award winners are measured and scored according to their achievements in reducing the wastes they generate and divert from disposal to recycling. Each is scored on their ability to prevent wastes through consumption and purchasing habits, their success in sorting and tracking generated materials to recycling, and minimizing the wastes their products contribute to the wastes stream.
"This has been an outstanding year for advances in waste reduction in Ontario," claimed Jo-Anne St. Godard, RCO's Executive Director. "We had a record breaking 103 nominees this year. It is so encouraging to know that integrating the principles of the 3Rs is becoming a 'way of life' in Ontario. The commitments and leadership that our winners show through their action demonstrates that reducing wastes not only should, but can be how we work and live in Ontario."
Nominees included a variety of Ontario communities, businesses, organizations, and individuals.
The top Platinum winners this year represented a cross section of Ontario business interests. They include:
Wasteco for the Communications category
Halton Region for Municipal Diversion and Unique Program
Global Electric and Electronic Processing for Sustainable Service (Electronic Waste Recyclers)
Lac Mac for Sustainable Product (Protective Clothing for surgical and hospital professionals)
The newly minted Environmental Spirit Award for innovation and exemplary commitment was presented to Jane Derby, an artist from Kingston who works with construction debris (latch) and other household recyclables to produce three dimension art forms.
Among the other high level winners at the Atlantis Pavilions on October 22 include:
20 Vic Management
Oxford Property Group
Menkes Property Management Services
SNC Lavalin ProFac
Woodbine Entertainment Group
Compx (Waterloo Furniture Components)
S.C. Johnson & Son
Warrens Waterless Printing
Homewood Health Centre
St. Michael's Hospital
London Green Festivals
County of Simcoe
City of Orillia
AET Consulting Group
A complete list of all the winners has been posted on the RCO Awards page.