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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 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… 

Extended producer responsibility (EPR) is pivotal policy to further Ontario's waste reduction objectives, and to improve our own EPR legislation, we must take advantage of key lessons from around the world. RCO hosted a two-day policy forum that featured expert from Canada and abroad. 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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2013 Ontario residential waste diversion rate
Feb 27, 2015
Ontario municipalities that collect Blue Box materials from its residents submit collection data...
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In April 2014, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) requested...

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