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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 Bill 151: Waste-Free Ontario Act

Proposed legislation is intended to enable a shift to a circular economy that would increase resource recovery and waste reduction in Ontario. 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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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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Jun 08 2016
  June 8-9, 2016 Las Vegas Convention Center Las...
Jun 09 2016
Registration is now open for CARI's 75th Annual Convention. Thanks to the continued...
Aug 30 2016
   Save The Date  Resource Recycling Conference 2016 is the...
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Why you won't find garbage bins in Tim...
May 18, 2016
Tim Hortons is concerned customers don’t have enough time to properly sort their garbage...
Textiles are the next frontier in recycling for...
May 9, 2016
It started with a blue sock. I pulled it off and realized it had a big hole in the heel. I...
Proposed Ridge Landfill expansion would make it...
May 3, 2016
Landfills can be a thorny issue, especially when it comes to expansion. Paul Tomen, 90, has...

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