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The year is 1978:

  • Pierre Trudeau is Prime Minister of Canada and Bill Davis is Premier of Ontario
  • Gas costs 17 cents per litre
  • Grease and Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope top the box office; Annie Hall wins Oscar for Best Picture
  • Making their dreams come true doing it their way: Laverne and Shirley is the number one TV show in America; Go and knock on their door: Three’s Company is the second
  • The airwaves are dominated by the Bee-Gees’ “Night Fever” and “Stayin’ Alive”
  • Edmonton’s professional football team win the Grey Cup
  • Wayne Gretzky makes his professional hockey debut
  • Montreal Canadiens win a third consecutive Stanley Cup
  • Sweden becomes the first nation to ban aerosol sprays
  • A bulldozer in the Yukon uncovers 500 old films dating from 1910 to 1921 during a landfill excavation, which includes lost newsreels of World War I and silent movies
  • Michigan becomes the first big industrialized state to implement a deposit law for bottles and cans
  • Denmark introduces the world’s first law on recycling: at least 50 per cent of all paper and beverage packaging should be recycled
  • Green Lane Landfill in Southwold, ON buries its first piece of waste

and most significantly…

… the Is Five Foundation brings together recycling enthusiasts to create Recycling Council of Ontario (RCO) in Toronto to help Ontario’s recycling operators market newspapers, glass, and metal cans they collect from community recycling depots and door-to-door drives.

Today, we continue to play a vital role in building awareness of the issues of waste and the opportunities to eliminate it through the 3Rs through programs and projects, advocating for progressive policy, and leading the transition to a circular economy.

And we wouldn’t have made it to 40 without the support of our members, partners, and supporters.

That’s why we are planning a small intimate gathering at the Toronto Zoo on Thursday, May 16, 2019 from 5 p.m. onward to celebrate waste reduction and recycling milestones over the past 40 years, Recycling Council of Ontario and you, our valued supporter.

Help Us Reconnect!

We’ve made a lot of friends of the past 40 years, and unfortunately, may have lost contact with some of them.

If you know of anyone who has ties to RCO from over the years that would be interested in attending our birthday celebration extravaganza please have them subscribe for updates so they receive an invite.

See you in May!