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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.

Knowledge Sessions: series showcase on IC&I waste reduction

Join RCO for the second of our Knowledge Sessions series showcase on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015. Smart Procurement: Reducing Waste Through Buying Power will facilitate discussions that explore living examples of smart procurement practices that drive waste and costs down. More

Confusion over eco-fees shows need for new waste policy in Ontario

On July 1, 2010 Ontario consumers reacted negatively to the introduction and application of recycling costs on hazardous household products. Fees were based on costs obligated by the Government of Ontario onto producers and sellers of these products, which were then transferred by producers onto consumers at point-of-sale. 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 responsibly, take spent lights to 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:

8.4 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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Sept 01 2015
T E-Scrap 2015: Save the Date The premier gathering for North America's e-scrap collectors,...
Sept 22 2015
A showcase series to support performance improvement in waste reduction   Series Sponsor...
Sept 23 2015
20th International Congress for Battery Recycling ICBR 2015 The 20th International Automobile...
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Rubbermaid® LunchBlox™ partners with RCO to...
Aug 18, 2015
Bringing waste reduction to schools across Ontario The Waste-Free Lunch Challenge is Recycling...
Knowledge Session 2015
Jul 30, 2015
Knowledge Sessions 2015 A showcase series to support performance improvement in waste reduction...
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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