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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.

Waste Reduction Legislation to Change

Proposed legislation is intended to enable a shift to a circular economy that would increase resource recovery and waste reduction in Ontario. More

RCO and Walmart Canada partnering on waste reduction

Walmart Canada and RCO are partnering to develop new innovative waste reduction initiatives that will divert and find new markets for recovered materials as part of a multi-year agreement to reduce in-store and customer waste. More

Where to recycle compact fluorescent lights (CFLs)

To have residential CFLs recycled responsibly, take spent lights to your municipal waste depot or hazardous waste drop-off event. Retailers that may accept burned out CFLs include RONA, Canadian Tire and Ikea. Businesses can contact Take Back The Light. More


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Yearly Diversion:

8.4 million tonnes - Total materials diverted (Canada)

2.8 million tonnes - Total amount diverted (Ontario)

Yearly Disposal:

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

9 million tonnes - Total non-hazardous waste disposed of (Ontario)

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Source: Statistics Canada

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Feb 10 2016
RCO Webinars On Nov. 26 the Government of Ontario proposed sweeping changes to provincial waste...
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Knowledge Sessions 2015
Sept 29, 2015
Knowledge Sessions 2015 A showcase series to support performance improvement in waste reduction...
Rubbermaid® LunchBlox™ partners with RCO to...
Aug 18, 2015
Bringing waste reduction to schools across Ontario The Waste-Free Lunch Challenge is Recycling...
Defining and Reporting Waste Reduction:...
Jun 25, 2015
On Thursday, June 25, Recycling Council of Ontario hosted the first of its Knowledge Sessions...

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