It's the First Day of the Ontario Schools Battery Recycling Challenge!

October 19, 2015

Ontario Schools Battery Recycling logo

Today is the first day of Waste Reduction Week and the official launch of this year’s Ontario Schools Battery Recycling Challenge!

The Ontario Schools Battery Recycling Challenge (OSBRC) is a recycling competition between elementary and secondary schools in Ontario, Canada. Last year, the OSBRC reached 57,000 students in 100 schools and together they recycled 25,626 kilograms of batteries! For all of their hard work, the top three schools took home a share of $8,096!

This year, 125 schools will compete to see which school will be crowned the 2015/16 Champ and walk away with the grand prize.


New Mini-Units

Over the summer we worked hard to incorporate many of the suggestions we received from our network of schools. To help educators tie battery recycling into the curriculum, we approached Tyler Fraipont, an elementary teacher from the Niagara region. Mr. Fraipont created several mini-units for elementary grades that can now be downloaded from the Resources section of the OSBRC web portal!


SickKids Hospital Foundation logo

The OSBRC Supports SickKids

This year, we’re going to cover the cost of the ten $50 Visa Gift Cards for the Student Missions, which will free up 10% of the OSBRC prize pool.

Moving forward we will now donate 10% of the prize pool to the SickKids Hospital Foundation in Toronto on behalf of all OSBRC participants at the end of the Challenge!

Donations will be made through the “Kids Believe in SickKids” program that was created by the Foundation to encourage youth to participate in philanthropy. The mission of the program is to encourage children to be part of a team initiative to create a successful fundraiser and to learn valuable lessons while having fun.


Great Wolf Lodge Family Day Prize Draw for Students

A series of three images of Great Wolf Lodge in Niagara Falls Ontario. In one picture a family is splashed by water. In another image, there's a waterslide. The third image is Great Wolf Lodge's logo

To recognize the contributions families are making at home, we'll be having a Family Day Prize Draw for a one-night stay in a Wolf Den suite (family of four) donated by Great Wolf Lodge in Niagara Falls, Ontario!

Students that complete all five Student Missions by February 15th, 2016 will be entered into this draw.


On your mark, get set, GO!

Last year the energy and enthusiasm was electric right from the start and by the New Year the spirited group of Ontario schools had already managed to recycle 9600 kilograms!

We anticipate another quick start this year as schools look for a top 10 position early on and, it’s likely that families saved up plenty of used batteries over the summer to help their school step off on the right foot.

Good Luck!

Limited space still availablesign up today!

The OSBRC is meant to teach children and their families about the proper ways to handle, store and recycle batteries at home and at school. The program offers many free resources for educators and there is no cost for a school to participate.

An incentive of .40 cents per kilogram from all the alkaline batteries collected from the Challenge will award the top three schools in the province with a share of a provincial prize pool based on the percentages outlined below.

10% of the prize pool will be donated to the SickKids Hospital Foundation in Toronto, Ontario on behalf of everyone participating in the OSBRC! 

  • 50% - 1st Place
  • 25% - 2nd Place
  • 15% - 3rd Place
  • 10% - SickKids Foundation

Learn more by reading the Challenge Rules.

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