Register your school for a chance to win cash prizes!

The Ontario Schools Battery Recycling Challenge (OSBRC) is for elementary and secondary schools in the Province of Ontario. The program aims to teach children and their families about the proper ways to handle, store and recycle batteries at home and at school.

The OSBRC offers many free resources for educators and there is no cost for a school to participate. 

If you want to do something great for the environment and win cash for your school, you've come to the right place!

Please sign up today


Resources

We have a collection of downloadable resources to help you promote your program and we'll continue to add to it, so please check back often! Is there something you'd like to see? Contact us and let us know what you have in mind.


OSBRC Pledge

OSBRC schools have taken a pledge to recycle as many single-use batteries as they consume each year! The goal is to recycle an average of 1.36 kilograms for every student and staff enrolled at each school. 1.36 kilograms is what the average Canadian household accumulates in one year.

We've created five recycling badges to help schools track how close they are to meeting the OSBRC Pledge.


Login to your school admin to find out how many badges your school has earned!

OSBRC 5th Annual Challenge Leaderboards

Point scores are recorded as an "estimate" when submitted through the online portal by a participating school. A score will only be recorded as "actual" when Raw Materials Company collects, sorts and processes full drums. At that point, RMC will adjust a school's point scores based on the actual weight.

All final scores will be based on actual weight. For more information, please see our Official Challenge Rules.

OSBRC Pledge Prize Pool

Estimated PRIZE POOL

$6,337.35

27 schools are eligible for
a share of the OSBRC Pledge Prize!

Every school that recycles 100% of their OSBRC Pledge will receive an equal share of the OSBRC Pledge Prize!


Most Batteries Recycled
by a School

Estimated Provincial PRIZE

$4,753.01

School District Estimated* Actual* Total
1st Springfield Public School Springfield TVDSB 0 204,614 206,217
2nd Bayview Public School Midland Scdsb 0 181,662 183,235
3rd Quintilian School Kingston IND 22,044 24,316 47,539
4th McGillivray Central Ailsa Craig, Ont. TVDSB 0 40,723 41,723
5th Bloomsburg Public School Waterford GEDSB 0 37,245 38,830
6th King's Town School Kingston IND 14,614 18,505 34,119
7th Chapel Hill Catholic School Orleans OCSB 21,311 10,155 32,779
8th Westfield Elementary Tillsonburg TVDSB 0 31,610 32,610
9th St. Leonard Manotick OCSB 31,538 0 32,538
10th Monsignor Michael O'Leary Bracebridge smcdsb -11,002 39,271 29,581

The school that recycles the most single-use alkaline batteries overall, will win this prize.


Most Batteries Recycled
by Average Student Body

Estimated Provincial PRIZE

$3,168.68

School District Estimated* Actual* Total
1st Quintilian School Kingston IND 17,471 19,272 37,922
2nd Springfield Public School Springfield TVDSB 0 33,287 34,890
3rd Bayview Public School Midland Scdsb 0 15,135 16,708
4th King's Town School Kingston IND 5,252 6,651 12,903
5th Muskoka Christian School Utterson MACS 3,827 5,614 10,873
6th McGillivray Central Ailsa Craig, Ont. TVDSB 0 9,758 10,758
7th Bloomsburg Public School Waterford GEDSB 0 5,616 7,201
8th Chapel Hill Catholic School Orleans OCSB 3,293 1,569 6,176
9th Guildwood Junior Public School Toronto TDSB 2,519 2,261 5,780
10th Westmount Junior School Etobicoke TDSB 0 3,317 4,912

The school that recycles the most batteries per student/staff enrolled will win this prize.


Update your collections - ring the bell!

Each time you ring the bell, we'll update your school total based on an average weight collected per 5-gallon pail. School totals will be weighed once collected and scores will be updated to reflect the actual weights.



Challenge Rules

When will the challenge take place?

The challenge begins October 15th, 2018 (Waste Reduction Week) and runs until April 19th, 2019 (Friday before Earth Day). 

Who can participate?

The Ontario Schools Battery Recycling Challenge is a competition open to the first 200 elementary and secondary schools in the Province of Ontario that register to participate.

How to Win

Schools that sign up for the challenge will be provided with everything they need to collect and recycle household batteries accumulated at the school and at home.

Your starter kit will include:

  • 5-gallon pail marked to hold 23 kilograms
  • 45-gallon steel drum for consolidation 
  • 3 battery recycling posters
  • Instruction sheet

Teachers, staff and most importantly the students can bring in their batteries from home to recycle them responsibly. Every time your school recycles a full 5-gallon pail, simply ring the bell to update your score!

Cash Prizes

An incentive of .31 cents per kilogram from all the alkaline batteries collected from the Challenge will award the top schools in the Province with a share of the provincial prize pool based on the percentages outlined below. 10% of the prize pool will be donated to the SickKids Foundation in Toronto, Ontario on behalf of everyone participating in the OSBRC. 

  • OSBRC Pledge - 40%
  • Most Batteries Recycled - 30%
  • Most Batteries Recycled per Student - 20%
  • SickKids Foundation - 10%

Same as last year, we will guarantee a minimum prize pool of $2000 to get things going. But remember, there’s no limit to what it can be, so start recycling today!

Sign up today!

See the Official Challenge Rules.

Need more information? Contact us!


Featured Stories

Do you have a story to share? Is there someone or something at your school that is making a difference? Tell us about it! We'd love to hear your experiences and share your success story so that we can all learn from it!


April 19, 2019
OSBRC Wraps up another Fantastic Year!

That’s it! At 5:00 p.m. today, we froze the OSBRC Leaderboards to mark the end of this year’s Ontario Schools Battery Recycling Challenge! What a fantastic season everyone! You did an awesome job for the environment, your communities and the SickKids Foundation!

April 2, 2019
Ontario Schools Battery Recycling Challenge Wraps up April 19th!

This is it, there are only a few short weeks left before April 19th, 2019 (Friday before Earth Day) which marks the last day of the Ontario Schools Battery Recycling Challenge!

March 13, 2019
Nepean Student Wins the OSBRC Great Wolf Lodge Family Day Prize Draw!

On February 20, 2019, the Ontario Schools Battery Recycling Challenge selected Ariela of St. Andrew school in Napean as the winner of the Great Wolf Lodge Family Day Prize Draw!

February 1, 2019
Battery Boss Draw for Family Stay at Great Wolf Lodge February 19th!

Every year on Family Day, we offer Battery Bosses an exclusive entry into our Battery Boss Prize Draw for a family stay at Great Wolf Lodge in Niagara Falls!

November 30, 2018
OSBRC Top Five Campaign Ideas!

Over the years, we’ve seen some great campaign ideas from OSBRC schools. In this article we share some of our favourites! In no particular order, here are our Top 5 Campaign Ideas so far!

November 5, 2018
Congratulations Violet of Port Rowan - First Battery Boss of the Year!

It wasn’t even the end of the very first day before Violet of Port Rowan Public School completed her fifth mission to become the first Battery Boss of the Challenge!

October 15, 2018
5th Annual OSBRC Starts Today!

It’s the first day of Waste Reduction Week in Canada, and the start of the 5th Annual Ontario Schools Battery Recycling Challenge!

June 20, 2018
OSBRC Raises Funds for SickKids Foundation!

On June 20th, a small group of student representatives from the Ontario Schools Battery Recycling Challenge, travelled to The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto to make a donation to SickKids Foundation.

June 14, 2018
Kingston School Defends OSBRC Title!

For the second time in as many years, students and teachers at Quintilian School in Kingston were crowned champions of the Ontario Schools Battery Recycling Challenge.

April 20, 2018
Last Day of the OSBRC!

It’s that time of year again. At 5:00 p.m. today, we locked the OSBRC Leaderboard to mark the end of this year’s Challenge!


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