Ontario's School Battery Recycling Challenge

Thank you for visiting the Ontario Schools Battery Recycling Challenge. You may have noticed that things look a little different this season.

To facilitate a safe and physically-distanced Challenge, we decided to remove all incentives that might encourage students or schools to recycle batteries outside of their own bubbles. Therefore, we removed the Blue and Red Leaderboards and transferred those prize pool allotments to the OSBRC Pledge prize which will now payout 60% of the total prize pool!

All schools that meet the OSBRC Pledge will walk a way with an equal share of the OSBRC Pledge prize. It's that simple! We made a couple changes to the Student Missions in the same spirit.

We want to wish everyone a safe Challenge this year. Please don't go outside your bubble to recycle batteries this season. The batteries that we don't capture this year will be waiting for us next year!

Good luck and stay safe everyone!

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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

$1,200.00

School District Our Share
Westfield Tillsonburg TVDSB 46%

This leaderboard is for all schools that have met or exceeded the OSBRC Pledge. Each school on this leaderboard will recieve an equal share of the OSBRC Pledge Prize Pool.

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

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 19th, 2020 (Waste Reduction Week) and runs until April 22nd, 2021 (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:

  • 2 x 5-gallon pails marked to hold 23 kilograms
  • 1 battery recycling poster (additional posters can be downloaded from the Resources page)
  • Instruction sheet

*Schools will not be receiving a 45 gallon drum this year.

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. This year, 30% of the prize pool will be donated to the SickKids Foundation in Toronto, Ontario on behalf of everyone participating in the OSBRC. 

  • OSBRC Pledge - 60%
  • RMC's Environmental Stewardship Award - 10%
  • SickKids Foundation - 30%

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!


October 19, 2020
7th Annual OSBRC Starts Today!

It’s Waste Reduction Week which marks the first day of the Ontario Schools Battery Recycling Challenge (OSBRC) provided by Raw Materials Company of Port Colborne, Ontario.

June 5, 2020
2019-2020 OSBRC Winners Announced!

The Ontario Schools Battery Recycling Challenge created by Raw Materials Company and funded by the battery manufacturers, has announced the 2019 -2020 Challenge winners!

May 22, 2020
OSBRC Announces Student Mission Gift Card & Great Wolf Lodge Winners!

On April 22nd, Raw Materials Company randomly selected five student names to receive a $50 Visa gift card as well as the winner of the Great Wolf Lodge draw!

March 2, 2020
Kieren of St. Cecilia in Nepean Wins Family Stay at Great Wolf Lodge!

On February 18th, the 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!

January 31, 2020
Recycle Batteries to Support SickKids Foundation VS Campaign!

Since 1875, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) has provided children and their families with world-class care, support and research to improve the health and wellbeing of children living in Ontario and around the world. 

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.

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