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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.

Initiative to improve waste reduction and recycling in the commercial sector

Statistics Canada estimates the Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional (IC&I) sector is responsible for 65 per cent of the 25 million tonnes of waste generated annually in Canada, and diverts 19 per cent of it. Comparatively, the residential sector has a diversion rate of more than 65 per cent largely driven from municipal programs. 

Continuing work from our Knowledge Sessions on IC&I waste reduction, RCO has convened an expert Leadership Advisory Committee with diverse representation from organizations that manage more than 2.5 billion square feet of real estate worldwide and millions of tonnes of materials in Canada to encourage change and share best practices. 

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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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