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

$1,955.89

11 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

$1,466.92

School District Estimated* Actual* Total
1st Springfield Public School Springfield TVDSB 0 59,595 60,595
2nd Bayview Public School Midland Scdsb 0 38,977 39,977
3rd King's Town School Kingston IND 24,204 0 25,204
4th Monsignor Michael O'Leary Bracebridge smcdsb 4,401 15,629 21,030
5th Tecumseh Vista Academy Tecumseh GECDSB 19,069 0 20,069
6th St. Luke school Nepean Ocsb 19,069 0 19,069
7th Westmount Junior School Etobicoke TDSB 15,402 0 16,402
8th St. Davids Public School St. Davids DSBN 6,601 8,541 16,142
9th Mnjikaning Kendaaswin Elementa... Rama Private 0 14,690 14,690
10th Fairmont Public School London TVDSB 2,200 10,346 13,546

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

$977.95

School District Estimated* Actual* Total
1st Quintilian School Kingston independent 9,301 0 10,301
2nd King's Town School Kingston IND 8,699 0 9,699
3rd Bayview Public School Midland Scdsb 0 3,247 4,247
4th Muskoka Christian School Utterson MACS 2,429 0 3,429
5th Guildwood Junior Public School Toronto TDSB 2,159 0 3,159
6th Mnjikaning Kendaaswin Elementa... Rama Private 0 3,027 3,027
7th Westmount Junior School Etobicoke TDSB 1,959 0 2,959
8th chapel Hill Catholic School Orleans OCSB 1,814 0 2,814
9th Monsignor Michael O'Leary Bracebridge smcdsb 389 1,380 2,769
10th St. Davids Public School St. Davids DSBN 638 825 2,463

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!


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!

April 4, 2018
Recycle Those Batteries! OSBRC Finish Line is in Sight!

There are only two weeks left to recycle batteries for the Ontario Schools Battery Recycling Challenge. We have some exciting announcements to share in our latest blog post.

February 26, 2018
Montgomery Village PS Student Wins OSBRC Great Wolf Lodge Prize Draw!

Sarah Lacharity of Raw Materials Company, along with her friend Wiley the Wolf stopped in at Montgomery Village PS in Orangeville to present a grade 5 student named Jillian with a family stay at Great Wolf Lodge in Niagara Falls. 

February 5, 2018
The OSBRC Great Wolf Lodge Prize Draw - February 20th!

With Family Day just around the corner, you only have a few more weeks to get all your missions submitted to be part of our Great Wolf Lodge Prize Draw!

November 30, 2017
In It for All the Right Reasons!

Grandview Public School had a fantastic run last year. The school finished fourth out of 125 schools, racking up 16,753 points on the year. This year Grandview is off to another amazing start and they seem to have the wind at their backs!


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