Jack Rosen has died. Rosen is fondly remembered by many in the recycling community. In 1995, the Recycling Council of Ontario conferred its first Lifetime Achievement Award to Rosen — a long-time RCO member and supporter. Jack began his career in 1943 when he joined his family’s recycling company. Throughout his professional life, Jack worked tirelessly convincing often obstinate end-users to try recycled materials. He was instrumental in breaking open the glass market in the late 1960s. In the 1970s, working with Nyle Ludolph and Laidlaw, he helped spearhead the world’s first blue box program in Kitchener, then grow it, in the 1980s, into an Ontario-wide effort.
“In his career as a recycler,” said Jack McGinnis in presenting the award in 1995, “Jack has been responsible for the recycling of over 2.4 million tonnes of material. That’s a whole lot of legacy for one person to sign his name to.”
Funeral services will be held Monday at 1:00 p.m. at Beth Jacob Synagogue, 161 Stirling Ave. South, Kitchener, 519-743-8422