Ontario's School Battery Recycling Challenge

Ontario's School Battery Recycling Challenge

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OSBRC Frequently Asked Questions

How do I open my drum?

The lid for the steel drum is secured in place by a nut and bolt clip. To remove the lid, first loosen the bolt using a ratchet by turning it counter clockwise. Once the bolt is loose you will be able to remove the lid.


How do I request a pick up of a full drum?

Schools can request a pick up directly from their personal Admin section of the website. When you submit a pail, you have the option to “request a pick up”.


When should I request a pick up of a full drum?

Please ensure that your steel consolidation drum is full (at least 4 inches from the top) before requesting a pickup.  This will reduce the OSBRC’s carbon footprint and limit green house gas emissions associated with the transportation.


Where should I store our drum?

Store used batteries in a cool and dry area. Batteries should not be stored in extreme heat, near flammable materials or in locations where there is moisture or humidity.


Which types of batteries can be recycled through the OSBRC program?

The OSBRC program is for primary single-use batteries only. These common household batteries are available in many sizes including AAA, AA, C, D, 9 volt, 6 volt and various button cell sizes that are used in hearing aids and watches.


Does RMC accept rechargeable batteries including lead acid batteries?

RMC is permitted to collect, store, transport and process a variety of hard to manage wastes including batteries of all types, electronics, lead and mercury bearing wastes under its Environmental Compliance Approval (ECA).

If you would like to recycle other materials not accepted through the OSBRC, please contact us


What happens to rechargeable type batteries that are inadvertently recycled?

All batteries are sorted by chemistry at our recycling facility in Port Colborne, Ontario. We process several chemistries on site, including single-use alkaline batteries. Other types, including rechargeable batteries are packaged and shipped to processors that specialize in recycling those chemistry types.


Can our school receive batteries from existing Ontario collection sites?

No.  Schools cannot receive batteries from collection sites that already exist in Ontario.  This would create an unfair advantage and let’s face it; they’ve already been recycled! The OSBR Challenge is about recycling batteries that would have ended up in landfill otherwise. It’s about educating a school and a community about the importance of recycling. Besides, every household accumulates close to 1.36 kilograms in a year, so there are plenty of batteries to recycle right in your community!


How can I recover my password?

Ooops! It happens to the best of us. If you forget your password, you can recover it by visiting the login page and clicking on the link below the login form. Alternatively, you can send me an email and I’ll take care of it right away. 


How do I upload a picture to submit a student mission?

When you’re ready to submit the Mission requirements, simply access the Mission that you wish to submit. Below the Mission description there is a form. Select your child from the drop-down menu (if you have more than one child participating).

After, click on the browse button to upload a picture of your child fulfilling the Mission requirements. We accept .jpg, .jpeg, .gif and .png files no larger than 2mb. Once you locate the file to upload, double click on it to upload the file.  That’s it! If you have any troubles, contact me and I’ll walk you through it.