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
Muskoka Christian School Utterson MACS 100%
St Mary CHS Brockville CDSBEP 59%
Roseneath Centennial Public School Roseneath KPRDSB 52%
Bloomsburg Public School Waterford GEDSB 49%
H.M Robbins Public School Sault Ste. Marie ADSB 45%
Odyssée North Bay CSPNE 44%
Brooklin Village PS Brooklin DDSB 38%
Belleville Christian School - Private Belleville BCS 36%
Gledhill Jr. Public School Toronto TDSB 34%
Good Shepherd Courtice PVNCCDSB 32%
Monsignor Michael O'Leary Bracebridge SMCDSB 29%

This leaderboard is for all schools that have met or exceeded the OSBRC Pledge. Each school on this leaderboard will receive 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 18th, 2021 (Waste Reduction Week) and runs until May 13th, 2022. 

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 can request a 45 gallon drum.

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!


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.

March 30, 2021
OSBRC Wraps up Earth Day!

There is only three weeks left to recycle batteries before the Ontario Schools Battery Recycling Challenge wraps up on Earth Day - April 22nd, 2021. So far, 96 Ontario schools have recycled 727,232 batteries! 

February 8, 2021
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. 

November 17, 2020
Congratulations Aiden! First Battery Boss of the Year!

Folks, it’s official! The first Battery Boss of the 2020-2021 Ontario Schools Battery Recycling Challenge is Aiden of Springfield Public School!

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!

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