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Jack McGinnis Environmental Spirit Award

jackSince 2008, Recycling Council of Ontario has recognized an exceptional individual or organization at its awards ceremony with a special distinction of merit for grassroots recycling and waste reduction efforts where a lack of resources is superseded by a passion to effect positive change.

In 2011, we renamed this honour the Jack McGinnis Environmental Spirit Award to celebrate the legacy of Jack McGinnis, a true pioneer in recycling and waste reduction: Jack was an RCO founder; served on the board of directors in the early years of the organization; and—most famously—helped launch the blue box system.

In 1981, Mr. McGinnis co-wrote a proposal to collect and recycle materials at the curbside for a pilot project in Kitchener, ON, which included 1,500 households. The rest, as they say, is history: today, the blue box is on curbs across North America, Europe and Australia.

He is an inspiration and we’re proud to acknowledge and commemorate his efforts annually. The world is a better place for his tireless work in developing curbside recycling programs. 

If you are aware of an individual or organization having gone above and beyond for the 3Rs, and would like to nominate them for the Jack McGinnis Environmental Spirit Award, call 416.657.2797 / 1.888.501.9637 ext. 4; email or fill out the following nomination form:

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