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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What are the RCO Awards?

Formerly known as the Ontario Waste Minimization Awards, the RCO Awards is Recycling Council of Ontario’s annual showcase that celebrates and recognizes the best application of the 3Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle) in the previous calendar year.

How does the RCO Awards process work?

Applicants register by contacting the Events Manager ( and paying a registration fee. They will then receive a fillable PDF form for the category(ies) chosen. Applicants complete the award application and submit it to the Events Manager along with any relevant attachments.

Each award category has a judging team of seasoned waste industry professionals. Each application is reviewed individually by judges, who then collaborate to arrive at a final score.

Award winners will be announced at the RCO Awards Luncheon during Waste Reduction Week in Canada, October 19 - 25, 2015.

Is the data I include on my award application kept confidential?

Data submitted as part of an awards application is not shared with any other party or applicant and is securely archived at the end of each awards cycle.

All individuals connected to the preparation, handling and judging of awards applications are also required to sign a confidentiality agreement that safeguards the data provided to the RCO Awards, and adhere to the Code of Ethics for Environmental Auditors (CECAB).

Who can apply for an RCO Award?

Any business, institution, municipality or individual based in Ontario.

How much is the registration fee?

IC&I Application: $250
Other Categories: $150
Jack McGinnis Award: n/a

What is the Jack McGinnis Environmental Spirit Award?

A special distinction of merit for grassroots recycling and waste reduction efforts by an exceptional individual or organization, where a lack of resources is superseded by a passion to effect positive change. More…

What are the key dates?

Registration open:  June 22, 2015
Application deadline:  September 4, 2015
Gala tickets available:  Sept. 16, 2015
Gala date:  Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015

Can I volunteer to be an RCO Awards judge?

Interested individuals with the appropriate credentials can contact Diane Blackburn by email:, or phone: 416.657.2797 ext. 4 / 1.888.501.9637 ext. 4. The approximate time frame for judging is mid-September.

My question is not listed. Who can I contact?

Diane Blackburn:; 416.657.2797 ext. 4 / 1.888.501.9637 ext. 4.


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