Kieren of St. Cecilia in Nepean Wins Family Stay at Great Wolf Lodge!
March 2, 2020
On February 18th, the Ontario Schools Battery Recycling Challenge (OSBRC) randomly selected the winner of the first of two draws for a family stay at Great Wolf Lodge in Niagara Falls. The winner of the first draw was Kieran of St. Cecilia School in Nepean!
“Congratulations Kieren for completing all five student missions to become an official Battery Boss!” said Sarah Lacharity of Raw Materials Company. “Battery Bosses work extra hard each and every year to recycle as many batteries as they can for their schools and their communities. This year, Kieren is the lucky winner of a family stay at Great Wolf Lodge in Niagara Falls!”
Now in its sixth year, the Ontario Schools Battery Recycling Challenge has reached more than 470,000 students and staff and together they’ve recycled and diverted more than 8.8 million household batteries from community landfills across the Province.
The Challenge was developed to teach children and their families about the proper way to handle batteries at home and at school and how to prepare them for recycling when they no longer hold a charge. The OSBRC provides schools with a vast library of downloadable resources including grade appropriate lesson plans that tie into the curriculum, activity worksheets, various posters and more.
In 2019, the OSBRC introduced new leaderboard categories where schools of equal size are now competing in the same bracket. Those new leaderboards are in addition to the popular OSBRC Pledge Prize, where every school that recycles at least 1.36 kilograms for each student enrolled is guaranteed a prize. The Challenge also rolled out a new Environmental Stewardship Award.
“We really want to give every school the opportunity to walk away with a prize this year,” said Lacharity. “These students are working so hard for their schools, their communities and the SickKids Foundation and it’s important that we do our best to recognize each and every one of them.”
The batteries collected during the OSBRC are recycled at Raw Materials Company in Port Colborne, Ontario. The batteries are first sorted by an optical sorting machine that separates the batteries into various chemistry types. The alkaline batteries are then processed using RMC’s patented recycling technology which captures 100% of each alkaline battery to be reused. No part of the battery is sent to the landfill.
Funding for the transportation and recycling of the batteries is provided by the battery manufacturers.
About Raw Materials Company:
Raw Materials Company is the industry leading battery recycling company whose process achieves the highest recovery and recycling rate in North America. RMC was established in 1985 and employs 50 people in the community of Port Colborne, Ontario. RMC is an approved transporter and processor under the Stewardship Ontario Battery Incentive Program.
Did you know?
Zinc is one of the world's most commonly used metals. Approximately 30% of the zinc today comes from recycled sources. Raw Materials Company is able to recover zinc from the batteries that you recycle. The zinc we recover is then reused as micronutrients in fertilizer to grow corn for biofuel.
As a result of RMC's recycled materials, farmers are able to increase their yields by over 20 bushels per acre. This is important considering our growing population and the need to make efficient use of our existing farmland.
Find out more about our technology and how together we are turning waste into a valuable resource.