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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 presents: Knowledge Sessions: a showcase series to support performance improvement in waste reduction

Join us for the first in a series of events with industry experts to discuss waste reduction in the Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional (IC&I) sectors.

On Thursday, June 25, we present Defining and Reporting Waste Reduction Effective Metrics for Better Performance. Learn best practices for choosing key performance indicators, and implementing waste tracking and reporting protocols. More

 Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Assocation presents RCO with a Connected to the Community Award 

The CWTA's awards program recognizes organizations across Canada that provides benefit to the community through wireless technology or the application thereof. 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:

8.1 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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Jun 01 2015
Vegas here we come! Who’s in? The verdict is in—attendees and exhibitors alike LOVE...
Jun 02 2015
With more than 560 exhibiting companies, comprehensive conference sessions and workshops and...
Jun 25 2015
Absence of quality waste data is a barrier to improved performance and an ongoing challenge for...
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CWTA Presents RCO with a Connected to the...
May 21, 2015
On Tuesday, May 19 the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) recognized RCO...
2013 Ontario residential waste diversion rate
Feb 27, 2015
Ontario municipalities that collect Blue Box materials from its residents submit collection data...
Going waste-free is as easy as 1, 2, 3
Jan 21, 2015
Going waste-free is as easy as 1, 2, 3: Reduce, reuse, recycle TORONTO, ON (Jan. 21,...

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