Waste & Recycling


2009 Waste Minimization Awards

Mark your calendars! The 2009 Waste Minimization Awards will be presented by the Recycling Council of Ontario (RCO)...

Mark your calendars! The 2009 Waste Minimization Awards will be presented by the Recycling Council of Ontario (RCO) on Thursday, October 22, 2009 at the Atlantis Pavilions in Ontario Place (955 Lakeshore Road, Toronto).

Nominations are now open.

There’s a new look to the awards this year and we invite those who will participate and those who are merely curious to visit the RCO website and look around. Our ability to bring this progressive measure to the awards process can be credited to c-Seven Media Inc., our site development partner who has created an easy-to-use web space where each registered user can prepare a presentation.

Why Participate

For more than 25 years the Recycling Council of Ontario, in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, has hosted the Ontario Waste Minimization Awards, a celebratory event that recognizes leadership and innovation in waste reduction and elimination.

The RCO awards have a ‘third party’ independence from other membership or association based recognitions programs that make it meaningful in a broad spectrum of industrial, commercial and institutional (IC&I) sectors, as well as with municipalities and community programs.

There are four levels of achievement in the awards, ranging from Bronze for entry level scores to Platinum for those who achieve at the highest levels on the scoring grid. Regardless of achievement levels, all participants are ‘waste reduction champions’ merely by their willingness to submit an application to the rigorous scrutiny that has become a hallmark of the RCO process. The benefits are many, not only for garnering recognition from peers and the public, but also for the opportunity to join the brain trust of enlightened organizations that have made the environment a top priority and who are happy to share best practices with others who aspire to higher diversion goals and ultimately, to stewardship.

If your organization holds that progressive philosophy, then make it a point to register for the 2009 Ontario Waste Minimization Awards and join the other waste reduction leaders during the gala festivities on October 22nd.


All details for the individual categories as well as instructions on how to apply are available on the RCO awards site in separate PDF format documents.

Categories Include:


Business (Commercial, Distribution, Facilities, Hospitality Industrial, Institutional, Retail)

Communications (formerly Promotion)

Festivals (formerly Not-for-Profit)

Municipal (Diversion, Communications, Unique Program)

Program Operator

Sustainable Product or Service

Waste Reduction Week in Canada Participation


Refer a waste champion

The RCO is expanding the number and variety of applicants who are raising the bar on the 3R’s. If you are aware of anyone in the Arts, Healthcare or Retail who might be interested in the awards program, please let us know. We are interested in those using 3R’s principles to create ‘new from old’, be it clothing, furniture or other décor items, clothing, jewellery or visual art. Waste reduction leaders are welcome across all categories. Please direct your referrals to events@rco.on.ca complete with contact information (name, address, phone number and email address, if possible).

Sponsorship Opportunites

Sponsorship of the Ontario Waste Minimization Awards will connect your brand to the outstanding businesses and public organizations that are leading Ontario to a more sustainable future. Interested sponsors should contact Jo-Anne St. Godard, RCO Executive Director at joanne@rco.on.ca 416 657.2797 Ext. 3


For awards inquiries please contact:

Diane Blackburn, Events Manager

Recycling Council of Ontario

Tel: 416-657-2797 x4

Email: events@rco.on.ca

Web: www.rco.on.ca

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