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

$1,003.45

Schools that recycle 100% of their OSBRC Pledge will be eligible to receive an equal share of the OSBRC PLEDGE Prize!

5 schools

Have recycled their share!

Schools that place in the Top 5 on either the Blue or Red Leaderboards will receive the cash prize with the highest payout value. The remaining Pledge schools will split the Pledge Prize at the end of the Challenge.


Blue Leaderboard

most batteries collected by schools with
250 students or more

Estimated Provincial PRIZE

$602.07

School District Estimated* Actual* Total
1st Good Shepherd Courtice PVNCCDSB 16,136 0 18,136
2nd Parkinson Centennial Public Sc... Orangeville UGDSB 733 14,470 17,203
3rd Earmers corner public school Cornwall UCDSB 4,401 5,767 11,168
4th Holy Trinity C.S.S. Courtice PVNCCDSB 8,068 0 10,068
5th Brooklin Village PS Brooklin DDSB 8,068 0 9,068
6th JJ O'Neill Napanee ALCDSB 7,334 0 7,334
7th Southwold PS St. Thomas TVDSB 5,134 0 7,134
8th Monsignor Michael O'Leary Bracebridge smcdsb 6,601 0 6,601
9th St. Mark School Mississauga DPCDSB 6,601 0 6,601
10th Victory Public School Guelph UGDSB 3,667 0 5,667

This leaderboard is for schools with enrollment of 250 or more. The payout for this leaderboard will include the top five schools; a 1st place prize ($250.86), a 2nd place prize ($125.43) and a leaderboard prize for 3rd, 4th and 5th ($75.26 each).

Prize dollar amounts are an estimate based on current tonnage submitted and may be subject to change.


Red Leaderboard

most batteries collected by schools with
249 students or less

Estimated Provincial PRIZE

$602.07

School District Estimated* Actual* Total
1st Quintilian School Kingston IND 23,470 0 24,470
2nd Chapel Hill Catholic School Orleans OCSB 13,935 0 14,935
3rd Springfield Public School Springfield TVDSB 0 12,019 12,019
4th Belleville Christian School Belleville BCS 7,334 0 9,334
5th King's Town School Kingston IND 7,334 0 7,334
6th Muskoka Christian School Utterson MACS 5,134 0 7,134
7th Westmount Junior School Etobicoke TDSB 4,401 0 6,401
8th Port Rowan Public School Port Rowan GEDSB 4,401 0 6,401
9th McGillivray Central Ailsa Craig Tvdsb 2,934 0 3,934
10th Montessori Academy of London London Private 2,934 0 3,934

This leaderboard is for schools with enrollment of 249 or less. The payout for this leaderboard will include the top five schools; a 1st place prize ($250.86), a 2nd place prize ($125.43) and a leaderboard prize for 3rd, 4th and 5th ($75.26 each).

Prize dollar amounts are an estimate based on current tonnage submitted and may be subject to change.


Environmental Stewardship Award

Does your school have a whole lot of recycling spirit? Tell us about the environmental initiatives at your school and all the great students and staff that are working hard to make a difference! Feel free to send us pictures or videos to help tell your story and don't be afraid to let your creativity shine through!

One lucky school will be awarded RMC's Environmental Stewardship Award in June!

Please send your submission to osbrc@rawmaterials.com

The current prize estimate is $50.17.


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 21st, 2019 (Waste Reduction Week) and runs until April 22nd, 2020 (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 (250 enrolled or more) - 24%
  • Most Batteries Recycled (249 enrolled or less) - 24% (NEW!)
  • RMC's Environmental Stewardship Award - 2% (NEW!)
  • 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!


December 2, 2019
OSBRC Schools Forge Ahead at the Holiday!

We’re seven weeks into the Ontario Schools Battery Recycling Challenge and collectively, OSBRC schools have recycled more than 315,000 single-use batteries! 

November 1, 2019
Way to go Nathan! First Battery Boss of the Year!

Nathan of St. Catharines was the first OSBRC student to complete all five Student Missions to become the first Battery Boss of this year's Challenge!

October 21, 2019
6th Annual Ontario Schools Battery Recycling Challenge Starts Today!

Today marks the first day of Waste Reduction Week here in Canada and it’s the official start to the Ontario Schools Battery Recycling Challenge!

June 13, 2019
Springfield Public School Recycles Most Batteries in Provincial Challenge!

The Ontario Schools Battery Recycling Challenge (OSBRC) just wrapped up its fifth season and for the third time, Springfield Public School has found itself a spot on the podium.

June 11, 2019
OSBRC Makes Donation to SickKids!

On June 10th, student ambassadors from the Ontario Schools Battery Recycling Challenge, paid a visit to the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto to make a donation to the SickKids Foundation on behalf of all Challenge participants.

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!


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