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Recycling Council of Ontario

We are a not-for-profit membership-based organization involved in policy, education, and project work around the issues of consumption, waste generation, reduction and diversion, and recycling.

RCO believes that society must minimize its impact on the environment by eliminating waste. To that end, our mission is to inform and educate all members of society about the generation of waste, the avoidance of waste, the more efficient use of resources and the benefits and/or consequences of these activities.

 National Solid Waste Benchmarking Study

RCO presents the first Industrial, Commercial, & Institutional (IC&I) waste performance benchmarking study of its kind in Canada, which features generation and diversion data from 1,012 office and retail properties from across the country, and is an important first step in addressing the need for industry-specific waste benchmarking. More    

 RCO responds to government proposal 

Recycling Council of Ontario has responded to an Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change proposal that allows energy-intensive and trade-exposed manufacturing industries to to reduce the use of coal and petroleum coke by substituting them with alternative, low carbon fuels such as biomass (corn stover); and non-recyclable, non-hazardous residual waste. More… 



 Where to recycle compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) 

cflBurned out compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) are no longer accepted by Home Depot. To have your CFLs recycled responsibly, take spent lights to your municipal waste depot or hazardous waste drop-off event. Check with your local municipality for availability. Retailers that may accept burned out CFLs include RONA, Canadian Tire and Ikea. Please call ahead to your local store to ensure availability. Businesses looking to properly dispose of compact fluorescent lights and tubes are encouraged to visit


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Yearly Diversion:

8.1 million tonnes - Total materials diverted (Canada)

208 kg - Amount of waste diverted pp (Ontario)

Yearly Disposal:

25 million tonnes - Total non-hazardous waste disposed of (Canada)

699 kg - Amount of waste disposed of pp (Ontario)

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(Source: Statistics Canada 2010 Waste Survey)


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Apr 27 2015
RCO offers two-day professional training in waste auditing method and reporting. The Waste...
Apr 28 2015
Join us at this year’s Canadian Environmental Conference and Tradeshow (CANECT)...
May 04 2015
The Government of Ontario is about to launch a comprehensive strategy to address climate change...
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2013 Ontario residential waste diversion rate
Feb 27, 2015
Ontario municipalities that collect Blue Box materials from its residents submit collection data...
Going waste-free is as easy as 1, 2, 3
Jan 21, 2015
Going waste-free is as easy as 1, 2, 3: Reduce, reuse, recycle TORONTO, ON (Jan. 21,...
Government of Ontario posts draft regulation...
Dec 22, 2014
In April 2014, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) requested...

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