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

$2,000.00

School District Our Share
Monsignor Michael O’Leary Bracebridge SMCDSB 96%
St Davids St Davids DSBN 38%
St. Mary Catholic High School Brockville CDSBEO 27%

This leaderboard is for all schools that have met or exceeded the OSBRC Pledge. Each school on this leaderboard that reaches 100% of their pledge, will receive an equal share of the OSBRC Pledge Prize!

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 16th, 2023 (Waste Reduction Week) and runs until May 10th, 2024. 

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. Schools will have the option of choosing between two Starter Kits. 

Drum Starter Kit will include:

  • 1 x 45 Gallon Drum
  • 1 x 5 Gallon Bucket
  • Posters
  • Instruction sheet

Pail Starter Kit will include:

  • 3 x 5 Gallon Buckets marked to hold 23 kilograms
  • Posters 
  • Instruction sheet

*Additional posters can be downloaded from the Resources page

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. 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 15, 2023
10th Annual OSBRC Begins Today!

The Ontario Schools Battery Recycling Challenge, by Environmental 360 Solutions Ltd., kicked off its 10th annual Challenge today.

May 12, 2023
Last Day of 2022 - 2023 Ontario Schools Battery Recycling Challenge!

Today is the final day of the Ontario Schools Battery Recycling Challenge by Raw Materials Company. A special thank you to all the teachers, students, and their families for their hard work this year.

December 19, 2022
OSBRC Student Mission Draw Winners!

Five lucky students were randomly selected from more than a hundred students eligible for the first Visa Gift Card Draw of the 2022-2023 OSBRC Challenge. 

October 31, 2022
Congratulations Jedydiah! First Battery Boss of the Year!

On October 18, Jedydiah completed his fifth Student Mission to become the first official Battery Boss of the year!

October 17, 2022
9th Annual OSBRC Begins Today

The Ontario Schools Battery Recycling Challenge, by Raw Materials Company, kicked off its annual Challenge today. The OSBRC will run until May 12, 2023.

September 16, 2022
RMC Announces Ontario Schools Battery Recycling Challenge Winners

Raw Materials Company announced the winners of the 8th Annual Ontario Schools Battery Recycling Challenge.

February 18, 2022
Can you imagine a life without batteries?

It’s hard to imagine, isn’t it? If you’re like me, you depend on batteries everyday. They're all around us. The battery in our watches keeps us on time like the battery in our cellphones keeps us in touch. You could say that batteries power our lives or empower us to live better lives.

November 8, 2021
Cole was the First Battery Boss of the Year!

On October 25, Cole of Lakefield District Public School completed his fifth Student Mission to become the first Battery Boss of the year!

October 18, 2021
8th Annual OSBRC Starts Today!

The Ontario Schools Battery Recycling Challenge, by Raw Materials Company, started today and it’s scheduled to run until May 13, 2022. Its purpose is to teach students and their families about the proper way to handle and store household batteries.

September 20, 2021
2020-2021 OSBRC Prize Earners Announced!

The Ontario Schools Battery Recycling Challenge awarded prizes to 13 schools and 11 students after a year-long challenge to recycle batteries. A little more than 990,000 batteries were recycled.

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