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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.

RCO responds to proposed ELV regulatory changes


The Ontario Ministry of the Environment (MOE) requested feedback on a technical discussion paper that proposes regulatory changes and applies new environmental standards to end-of-life vehicle (ELV) processing. RCO provided response, which includes feedback on how the proposed standard can be further strengthened. More...

Waste Auditor Training


Two-day course in Toronto that offers professional training for waste auditors. Combination of lectures and workshops with case study review, audit plans, and situational exercises. April 30 – May 1. 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 responsibility, drop off burned lights at 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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