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


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.

Challenge Leaderboard

Below is a detailed list of the top 10 schools participating in the Ontario School Battery Recycling Challenge. Is your school on the list?

Estimated Prize Pool: $23,247.33

1 Quintilian School (Kingston) 57583
2 Centennial '67 Public School (Spencerville) 44973
3 Bayview Public School (Midland) 28057
4 Muskoka Christian School (Utterson) 23231
5 Westmount Junior School (Etobicoke) 19213
6 Grandview Public School (Sault Ste. Marie) 17692
7 Guildwood Junior Public School (Toronto) 12405
8 Springfield Public School (Springfield) 8800
9 Riverside Public School (London) 6806
10 St. Mary CHS (Brockville) 5512

**Please note that a score is 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 score based on the actual weight.

All final scores will be based on actual weight. For more information, please see our official challenge rules.

A point score is based on the average kg collected per student/teacher enrolled multiplied by 1000.

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.

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, 2017 (Waste Reduction Week) and runs until April 20th, 2018 (Friday before Earth Day). 

Who can participate?

The Ontario Schools Battery Recycling Challenge is a competition open to the first 125 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!

Leveling the Playing Field

Do you think your school is too small to compete? Think again! Scores will be calculated based on the average kilogram collected per student enrolled at the school.  A school with 20 students collecting 20 kilograms would receive the same score as a school of 200 students collecting 200 kilograms.

Each school’s collections will be converted into a points score and the top 10 schools in the province will be showcased on our provincial leaderboard!

Cash Prizes

An incentive of .40 cents per kilogram from all the alkaline batteries collected from the Challenge will award the top three 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. 

  • 50% - 1st Place
  • 25% - 2nd Place
  • 15% - 3rd Place
  • 10% - SickKids Foundation

Raw Materials Company will conduct a separate random draw (1) for $500 at the end of the Challenge (funds will not come from the existing prize pool). Only those schools that reach 100% of their OSBRC pledge at the end of the Challenge year will be eligible for the random draw. 

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!

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 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!

November 2, 2017
Liam is the First Battery Boss of the Year!

Liam was the first student to finish all five OSBRC Student Missions! Liam now has two chances to win in upcoming December 8th prize draw!

October 16, 2017
4th Annual OSBRC Starts Today!

In its fourth year, the OSBRC has grown into a community of thoughtful citizens. A group of schools working toward a common goal to recycle as many batteries as they use each year. 

April 21, 2017
Last Day of the Ontario Schools Battery Recycling Challenge

At 5:00 p.m. the OSBRC Leaderboard was frozen, marking the end of this year’s Ontario Schools Battery Recycling Challenge! The program reached 70,000 students again this year, only you recycled almost 10,000 more kilograms! 

March 9, 2017
Honora Wins OSBRC Great Wolf Lodge Family Day Prize Draw!

On an unseasonably warm March morning, Wiley the Wolf ventured far from his den to pay a special visit to St. Cecilia Catholic School in Toronto to present a sixth grade student named Honora with a family trip to Great Wolf Lodge!

February 2, 2017
Great Wolf Lodge Prize Draw Coming Up February 20th, 2017!

Speaking for all of us here at Raw Materials Company, one of the most rewarding parts of our job is seeing the smiling faces on all the students that have submitted Student Missions over the years.

January 27, 2017
Catching Up with Muskoka Christian School!

Mike Kersley of Raw Materials Company speaks with Andrea Clarke at Muskoka Christian School to learn more about their program and how they have been able to achieve such impressive results!  

November 29, 2016
Ontario Schools Ahead at the Holiday!

We're halfway through the seventh week and so far the pace has been spectacular! To date, OSBRC schools have recycled 7,450 kilograms!

October 27, 2016
Congratulations Antonio! First Battery Boss of the year!

The Challenge just started and we already have our first Battery Boss of the year! Congratulations Antonio!

October 17, 2016
3rd Annual Ontario Schools Battery Recycling Challenge Starts Today!

It’s that time of year, Waste Reduction Week and the first day of the Ontario Schools Battery Recycling Challenge! Welcome back everyone!

May 6, 2016
OSBRC Student Mission Winners!

On April 22nd, Raw Materials Company randomly selected five Student Mission winners from more than 300 students that registered during the Challenge year.

April 22, 2016
Last Day of the 2015/2016 OSBR Challenge!

At 5:00 p.m. the OSBRC Leaderboard will be locked marking the end of this year’s Ontario Schools Battery Recycling Challenge! This year the program reached more than 70,000 students and together they recycled approximately 23,861 kilograms of used household batteries!

April 7, 2016
SickKids by the Numbers

Since 1875, the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) has been providing world-class patient care and research to improve the health and wellbeing of children in Ontario and those living around the world.

March 30, 2016
Springfield Public School Recycles 90000 Batteries!

Springfield Public School didn’t make the Top 10 last year, but a fresh outlook this past October and some renewed buy-in from students and their families has made all the difference this time around.

March 24, 2016
13 Schools Recycled the Batteries Consumed by 7352 Canadian Families!

At the beginning of this year’s Challenge, we introduced something called the OSBRC Pledge. The Pledge was created to help schools track their individual recycling efforts against the amount of batteries the average Canadian family uses in a year.

January 29, 2016
Recycle Your Batteries for a Chance to Win a Family Trip to Great Wolf Lodge!

On Family Day, one lucky student will win a family trip to Great Wolf Lodge in Niagara Falls! Students that complete all five Student Missions before February 15th 2016 at 12:00pm EST will have their name entered into this special prize draw!

December 23, 2015
Student Mission Prize Draw Winners!

The first draw for the Gift Cards was held on December 11th at 12:00 p.m. and we’re pleased to announce the five winners!

December 7, 2015
Challenge Update from Harbord Collegiate Eco-team

Harbord Collegiate Institute is a TDSB Gold Eco-school located in the heart of downtown Toronto with a mission to develop an awareness of social justice, equity and environmental issues.

December 4, 2015
Spike in Student Missions Energizes Recycling Efforts!

The Ontario Schools Battery Recycling Challenge is well under way and so far this year, we’ve seen a spike in the number of people signing up for Student Missions.

December 2, 2015
First Battery Boss of the Year!

This is the second time Lily has earned the title and we were very fortunate to be able to thank her in front of her classmates at a recent school assembly. Read more to find out what Lily had to say! 

October 19, 2015
It's the First Day of the Ontario Schools Battery Recycling Challenge!

The Ontario Schools Battery Recycling Challenge (OSBRC) is a recycling competition between elementary and secondary schools in Ontario, Canada. The Challenge begins on October 19th, 2015 and runs until April 22nd, 2016. 

June 20, 2015
Peterborough County School Wins Provincial Recycling Challenge!

Rhema Christian School of Peterborough County earned 13,603 points with each student recycling a whopping 10 times what the average Canadian household accumulates in an entire year!  

June 19, 2015
Student Mission Prize Draw Winners!

Congratulations to the 12 Student Mission Prize Draw Winners! As part of the Ontario Schools Battery Recycling Challenge, students are able to complete Student Missions for a chance to win a $50 Visa Gift Card. 

April 24, 2015
Last Day of the 2014/2015 OSBR Challenge!

5:00 pm marks the end of the 2014/2015 Ontario Schools Battery Recycling Challenge (OSBRC). The Challenge started on October 20th, 2014 with a goal to educate children and their families...

April 2, 2015
Small Group of Ontario Schools Gives us Enormous Hope!

The achievements of this relatively small group of schools gives us enormous hope and insight into what can be accomplished when people dedicated to a common cause stand up and take action.

March 18, 2015
Update from Rhema Christian School!

Grade 3/4 students at Rhema Christian School look forward to Wednesdays! Over the years, the grade 3 class has taken on the responsibility of recycling for the school.

February 5, 2015
Small School… Big Difference!

Currently ranked among the Top 20 Schools in Ontario, Hillsdale Elementary, a school of only 220 students and staff has already recycled an estimated 204 kilograms of batteries! That's an average of .93 kilograms per student!

February 4, 2015
Keeping in Touch with St. Ann Catholic School

Mr. Kuczera from St. Ann Catholic Elementary School in Fenwick, Ontario gives us an update on the school battery program and two students are recognized for their recycling efforts! 

December 22, 2014
Congratulations Student Mission Prize Draw Winners!

Since the beginning of the Ontario Schools Battery Recycling Challenge on October 20th, many students have signed up to take part in the Student Missions for a chance to win one of five $50 Visa Gift Cards before Christmas. 

December 3, 2014
Fairmont is the School to Catch!

For anyone that has been keeping track of the Leaderboard, it’s no secret that Fairmont Public School has had a successful launch to its battery recycling program! Learn more about Fairmont's inner school competition! 

December 1, 2014
RMC's First Battery Boss!

Take a look at our friend Clinton. He’s an elementary student from Alma, Ontario and has already completed all five Battery Missions making him RMC’s first ever Battery Recycling Boss!

October 15, 2014
Waste Reduction Week

WRW is celebrated annually all across Canada during the 3rd week of October. It reminds Canadians to “Take Action” and encourages us to think about the impact that our waste has on the environment.  It’s all about making better choices and taking a moment to think about the products we buy...

October 1, 2014
Ontario Schools Battery Recycling Challenge!

On October 20th, 2014 (the first day of Waste Reduction Week), 100 elementary and secondary schools throughout the province of Ontario will take part in a competition to see who can collect and recycle the most primary single-use batteries during the school year.

Would you like to read more Ontario Schools Battery Recycling Challenge featured stories? Click here!

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