Solid Waste & Recycling


Former RCO Executive Director releases album

John Hanson, the former Executive Director of the Recycling Council of Ontario (RCO) has released a music album, It’s a Sin to Tell a Lie.

Hanson’s musical talents are well known to many in Ontario’s recycling community; this album will allow a much wider audience to enjoy his considerable singing, guitar playing and song arranging talent.

Hanson has been playing since almost the age of 12 when he got his first guitar, James Taylor LP and songbook; he started composing music from Day One.

His first full CD, It’s a Sin to Tell a Lie, still taps into those early James Taylor roots but tempered with the swing and love of Dixieland music he acquired from his father Malcolm, still an impressive jazz pianist and guest player on the CD.

And those Be-Bop, and southern swing influences that draw you in to “It’s a Sin’s” smorgasbord of toe tappers are courtesy of John’s mentor for many years, the Great Scott Cushnie (aka Professor Piano and the Rockin Deltoids) pianist for the Rockers Aerosmith and Ronnie Hawkins.

John’s release is a joy to listen to… Original takes on traditional jazz and swing with multi-talented sidemen on every track (Canada’s own Bill McBirnie – jazz flautist extraordinaire), Scott Poll form the well know CBC favorites The PollCats…  Everyone it seems, except James Taylor.

John is lining up a series of CD launch events in Toronto, Ottawa and Ancaster Ontario. Unfortunately a recent diagnosis of throat cancer means those events will have to wait for spring while John undergoes the rigours of daily radiation treatments, chemo therapy and possibly surgery through the fall and winter.

Nevertheless, buy an inscribed CD now and you’ll receive a personalized initiation to the launch and if you’re on of the first 1,000 you’ll automatically be entered into a draw for one of three free house concerts in your home or locale of choosing.

Hanson was the Executive Director of the Recycling Council of Ontario for 15 years when they won the United Nations Award for a little program called the Blue Box back in 1989. Today John resides in Ottawa with his wife and son.

A signed copy of the CD is $20 and includes shipping and entry into the house concert draw. Additional CDs for presents also provide extra draw entries…


Simply write to John at and provide your return mail address and the promotional code SWR

Or visit John’s website at to sample tunes first.

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