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RCO awards

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About the RCO Awards

The RCO Awards (formerly the Ontario Waste Minimization Awards) is a legacy program of Recycling Council of Ontario (RCO) that recognizes outstanding results in recycling and waste diversion across five categories.

Ontario businesses, municipalities, and individuals are welcome to apply. Registration and fees are required to submit completed application. Once registered, applicants can access and complete an application form, which is then submitted to a panel of judges for scoring.

The sole category where outside nominations are considered, and no registration fee is required, is the Jack McGinnis Environmental Spirit Award.


A vital element to the success of the RCO Awards is the generous support from our sponsors. We have a variety of customized sponsorship opportunities that give our partners a number of unique options to increase visibility and brand awareness to a captive audience in the waste and recycling field across the public and private sector.

Recognition Items

Our celebrated RCO Awards trophies are valued by winners and crafted in an environmentally sustainable way by local artisans. Top score winners in each category receive a unique Eco Tree created from recycled aluminum by Hoselton Sculptures.





See our Frequently Asked Questions or contact us if you require additional information about any aspect of the RCO Awards.


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