If you’re someone who switches back and forth between reality television shows and the Discovery Channel, you’re going to love what the CRFA has in store! On December 6th, in Mississauga, Ontario, the Canadian Restaurant and Food Association will co-host Recycling Idol alongside the Research Innovation Commercialization Centre (RICC). The competition has been designed as a hybrid between the popular reality television series Dragon’s Den and fan favourite American Idol. The goal? To promote environmental stewardship and entrepreneurship in Canada.

In order to be considered for the competition, companies that feature technology used in the recycling of products may submit their application by November 15th via the RICC website. Categories include: Plastics and Packaging; Tires; Electronics; and Hazardous Waste. Finalists will be selected and invited to appear on Recycling Idol in front of James Sbrolla, current Chairman of EBC, Environmental Business Consultants. Sbrolla will act as Chair during the show however the audience will select a final winner based on who they, themselves, deem worthy of investment.

Over $30,000 in prizes is up for grabs as well as the ultimate title of Recycling Idol. The winner will also have the chance to meet and discuss funding opportunities with anchor sponsors Ontario Tire Stewardship and Stewardship Ontario. Why is Recycling Idol relevant now? According to Sbrolla, “the cleantech sector is driving economic growth for Peel Region, creating new markets for post-consumer materials and challenging entrepreneurs to develop innovative technologies to create wealth”.

Are you applying to be a contestant on Recycling Idol? We would love to hear about your project and may even be interested in writing about it! Leave details below! Good luck!

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