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RCO is actively involved in shaping and supporting effective and balanced waste policies and regulations that focus on environmental outcomes. RCO proactively leads and facilitates open and fair debate and discussions on issues of policy which involve its membership, includes affected stakeholders but also informs and engages the public. We encourage and engage its members and stakeholders to participate in its policy discussions and decisions through its very active Policy Committee.

RCO Submission on the Proposed Strategy for a Waste-Free Ontario: Building the Circular Economy

The Government of Ontario revised a draft strategy based on the public comments and sought further comments prior to finalization.

RCO Submission on Bill 151: Waste-Free Ontario Act

On Nov. 26, 2015 the Government of Ontario introduced new waste reduction and resource recovery legislation and provincial strategy. 

RCO Submission on Reducing Coal Use in Energy Intensive Industries

While RCO understands and supports the environmental benefits of reducing coal as a fuel, we have concerns regarding the use of non-recyclable materials as fuel substitutes.

RCO Submission on proposed regulatory changes applied to end-of-life vehicle processing

RCO's response included feedback on how the proposed standard could be further strengthened.

Timeline and updates on the progress of a new Waste Reduction Act

Timeline and updates on Bill 91, An Act to establish a new regime for the reduction, reuse and recycling of waste and to repeal the Waste Diversion Act, 2002.

RCO Submission on proposed Waste Reduction Act

Detailed response to key points contained in proposed waste legislation.

RCO Submission on the Pharma & Sharps EPR Regulation

RCO supported the EPR Regulation for the Collection of Post Consumer Waste Pharmaceuticals and Sharps made under the Environmental Protection Act (EPA).

Review of Incentives Programs - Stakeholder Consultations

On February 9th, 2012, Ontario's Minister of the Environment wrote to Waste Diversion Ontario (WDO) to undertake a number of initiatives and reviews with respect to current programs under the Waste Diversion Act (WDA).

2011 Ontario Election & Waste Diversion

Prior to the 2011 provincial election, RCO worked with a coalition of stakeholder groups to ensure that commitments to waste diversion and EPR were core components of the various political platforms of the major Ontario political parties.

RCO Submission on the WDA Review

RCO supports the overall direction and proposed changes outlined in this Minister’s report. The following provide specific, detailed feedback on each section as outlined in the report.

Stewardship and Extended Producer Responsibility

RCO is very active in the development and implementation of stewardship and "extended producer responsibility" (EPR) programs in Ontario.

Plastic Bag Reduction Task Force

RCO is working with a coalition of industry partners and the Government of Ontario to reduce the number of plastic bags distributed in Ontario by 50% by 2012.

LCBO Deposit Return

RCO supported the development of the "Bag it Back" program by providing a set of indicators to ensure high performance and continuous improvement of the program.

Energy from Waste (EFW)

RCO’s position statement on energy from waste, fuel substitution and incineration.

Amendments to Regulation 347

Regulatory Amendments to Facilitate Waste Recycling, Use of Alternative Fuels and New and Emerging Waste Management Technologies; Regulation 347




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