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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-Free Ontario Act: Legislation That Can Benefit the Environment and the Economy

The Government of Ontario has passed Bill 151, the Waste-Free Ontario Act, progressive environmental legislation that contains important opportunity to reduce disposal, costs, and greenhouse gas emissions related to waste. More


Plastic Bag Grab challenge

Walmart Canada, Waste Reduction Week in Canada, and RCO challenged schools across Canada to collect as many plastic bags for recycling as possible during Earth Week 2016, and the resuts are in. 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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Stats

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

Events List

Aug 30 2016
   Save The Date  Resource Recycling Conference 2016 is the...
Sept 20 2016
T E-Scrap 2016: Save the Date Save The Date  E-Scrap 2016 is where the electronics...
Sept 28 2016
The PAC Conference is the must-attend event for industry leaders to learn: What emerging...
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Important RCO Awards and 3RCertified announcement
Jun 16, 2016
Since 1978 Recycling Council of Ontario has partnered with municipalities, private sector...
Mercury-filled light bulb disposal soon to be...
Jun 14, 2016
Canadian lawmakers who have encouraged consumers to buy compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) for...
Ontario’s tire recycling system ‘too...
Jun 2, 2016
According to an audit, the Ontario Tire Stewardship has limited control and oversight of the...

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