Challenge Rules



1.1 Eligibility: The Ontario School Battery Recycling Challenge (the “Challenge”) operated by Raw Materials Company Inc. (“Raw Materials Company”) is open to the first one hundred twenty five  (125) public and/or private elementary and/or secondary schools in the Province of Ontario, Canada that register to participate at

1.2 Registration Period: Registration for the Challenge begins on September 5th, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) and ends on the earlier of April 2nd, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. EST or the date on which the one hundred twenty fifth (125th) school registers for the Challenge.

1.3 Challenge Period: The Challenge begins October 16th, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. EST and ends on April 20th, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. EST (the “Challenge Period”).

1.4 Challenge Entry: To participate, a teacher, principal or authorized staff member at an eligible elementary or secondary school will be required to complete an online registration form to enroll a school in the recycling Challenge. The authorized registrant must be at least 18 years of age and must provide a contact name, telephone number and email address. They must also provide the physical address of the school, school phone number and a current number of students and staff enrolled/employed at that school. A school can only register for the Challenge once. In the case of a school registering more than one time, only the first registration will be valid. 

1.5 Collection of Primary Batteries: Eligible schools that enroll in the Battery Recycling Challenge will receive a 5-gallon recycling container and a steel 45-gallon drum for used primary (single-use) batteries. From October 16th, 2017 to April 20th, 2018 (Challenge Period), each participating school may collect recyclable primary waste batteries including AAA, AA, C, D, 6V, 9V and button cell batteries made of alkaline-manganese, primary lithium, silver oxide, zinc air and zinc carbon chemistries. Rechargeable batteries are not part of this Challenge and will not count toward a school’s collection total.

1.6 Reporting:  Each time a participating school collects a 5-gallon pail (full to the line indicated inside the pail) of primary batteries during the Challenge Period, they will transfer those batteries into the 45-gallon drum provided and will inform Raw Materials Company via FAX, email or through the online form made accessible to each registrant on enrollment.  Raw Materials Company will use that submission to update a school’s estimated collections based on an average weight of 22.67kg for each 5-gallon pail submitted. This information will be used by Raw Materials Company to update an online leaderboard that will showcase the top ten (10) schools competing in the Challenge. Winners will be decided by actual weights once the batteries are collected at the end of the Challenge Period and processed by Raw Materials Company.


2.1 Awarding of Prizes: Participating schools will be awarded a point score based on the weight in kilograms of primary (single-use) batteries collected by a school during the Challenge period averaged over the number of students and teachers at that school and multiplied by one thousand (1000) for a point score. Winning schools must provide supporting documentation to confirm the current student enrollment and the number of staff employed at that school in order to receive a prize at the end of the Challenge. 


200 kg of primary batteries recycled at a school with 200 students enrolled = 1000 points.

20 kg of primary batteries recycled at a school with 20 students enrolled = 1000 points.

A school’s final score will be based on the actual weight of primary (single-use) batteries collected.  Once all of the batteries are processed by Raw Materials Company at the end of the Challenge, each school will receive a diversion report outlining the batteries they collected and recycled by chemistry and a certificate acknowledging their participation. 

2.2 Prizes:  There will be a guaranteed minimum of $2000 placed into a provincial prize pool to be shared by the top Challenge winners at the end of the Challenge Period. Raw Materials Company will donate an additional .40 cents to the prize pool for each (1) kilogram (kg) of primary (single-use) alkaline batteries recycled by the participating schools exceeding 5000 kg. The top three (3) schools will receive a share of the cash prize pool based on the percentages outlined below. The remaining 10% of the prize pool will be donated to SickKids Foundation Toronto, Canada. 

              1st Place      50%

             2nd Place      25%  

              3rd Place      15%

SickKids Foundation      10%   

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. 

At the end of the Challenge Period Raw Materials Company will arrange transportation to collect the primary batteries first from the top ten (10) schools participating in the Challenge (or more depending on how close the competition is). Batteries from the remaining schools will be picked up by May 18th 2018.  The batteries from those schools will be brought to the Raw Materials Company recycling facility in Port Colborne, Ontario where they will be processed and weighed to determine the actual weight of primary (single-use) batteries collected. Each school’s actual weight will be divided by the number of students and teachers at that school and multiplied by 1000 to determine the school’s final point score.

2.4 Determining Prize Winners & Notification: As part of the Challenge requirements, participating schools must update their collection totals periodically throughout the year via the online form made accessible to each registrant on enrollment. Each time they update their collection total, Raw Materials Company will update the online leaderboard based on the number of pails submitted, multiplied by the average weight of a full 5-gallon pail (22.67g).

2.3 Odds of Winning: The odds of placing in the top three (3) schools and receiving a percentage of the cash prize pool depend on the number of schools that enroll/participate in the Challenge during the Challenge Period.

The top three (3) schools will be notified via the contact information provided on registration (telephone and email) and must respond within five (5) business days of notification.  In order to be declared a winner, the school must be in compliance with these rules and must: (i) confirm the student enrollment and the number of staff employed at that school; (ii) confirm acceptance of the terms of the liability release that Raw Materials Company will provide, by signing and returning it within ten (10) business days of its receipt. If the school: (i) fails to respond within the time specified of its notification as a selected winner; (ii) fails to confirm acceptance of the terms of, and return to Raw Materials Company the signed liability release within the specified time, or fails to meet any of the other criteria set out herein to be declared a winner, then the school will be disqualified, will forfeit the prize and, at Raw Materials Company’s sole discretion, the next top school in the standings may be selected and declared a winner if they meet all the requirements set out in these rules.

Each monetary prize awarded will be paid by cheque within 60 days of announcing the winners. All winners be notified and an announcement will be made by June 8th, 2018.  Cheques will be delivered to the schools.


3.1 Use of School Name and Images for Promotion: Each participating school authorizes Raw Materials Company Inc. to use its school name and any images provided by the school in its advertising and promotional activities in any media, without compensation or notice. Schools will not submit any photos featuring identifiable individuals unless it has secured all required rights to his/her image as required herein. Any school that submits a Feature Story about their collection program through the online form, email or any other method of communication with Raw Materials Company is doing so with the understanding that RMC may choose to post or publish the story and any of its supporting attachments (images, video) for promotional purposes without additional notice, review or approval.

3.2 Communications From RMC via Email: Each participating school authorizes Raw Materials Company Inc. to send emails pertaining to the Challenge throughout the duration of the Challenge Period. Emails will be used to provide schools with downloadable resources, links and will showcase feature stories about participating schools and their collection programs. The emails will also be used to relay important information about the Challenge.

3.3 Eligible Batteries and Sources: The Ontario Schools Battery Recycling Challenge is for primary household batteries collected from staff and student homes, their extended family and friends in the community and those batteries generated at the school itself. Participants are not permitted to remove batteries from the already established collection sites throughout the community or the batteries set out for recycling at the curbside. Any school that is caught removing batteries from the already established collection sites and programs will be disqualified from the Challenge.   

3.4 Acceptance: Entry in this Challenge constitutes acceptance of these rules.

3.5 Applicable Laws: This Challenge is subject to all applicable laws and regulations.

3.6 Prize: By entering the Challenge, the school covenants to accept the prize as described in these rules. No prize substitutions or transfer of prizes permitted except at the sole discretion of Raw Materials Company.   In no event shall Raw Materials Company be required to award more prizes than the number of prizes indicated in these rules or to award a prize otherwise than in compliance with these rules.

3.7 Final Decision: Any decision by Raw Materials Company regarding the Challenge is final and without appeal. Schools agree to comply with the eligibility criteria and the rules. By entering the Challenge, schools attest to having read and accepted these rules.

3.8 Modifications: Raw Materials Company reserves the right at all times, in its sole discretion, and without prior notice, to: (i) to adjust any of the dates and/or timeframes stipulated in these rules, to the extent necessary, for purposes of verifying compliance by any school with these rules, or as a result of any technical or other problems, or in light of any other circumstances which, in the opinion of Raw Materials Company, in its sole and absolute discretion, affect the proper administration of the Challenge as contemplated in these rules, or for any other reason; (ii) cancel, terminate, modify or suspend this Challenge, in whole or in part, should human intervention or an event take place that could alter or affect the administration, security, impartiality or conduct of the Challenge as provided in these rules.

3.9 Release and Indemnity: By entering the Challenge, schools waive any claims and demands against Raw Materials Company, its directors, officers, employees, representatives, agents (the “Releasees”) and release, indemnify and hold harmless the Releasees from and against any injuries, losses, damages, claims, actions, or any liability of any kind resulting from their participation in the Challenge or resulting from acceptance, possession, use or misuse of the prize.  Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, schools release, indemnify and hold harmless the Releasees for any liability relating to the collection or storage of the batteries.

3.10 No Liability for Technical Issues: The Releasees are not liable for faulty computer components, software, mobile devices or communication lines, relating to the loss or absence of network communication or relating to any transmission that is faulty, incomplete, incomprehensible or erased by any computer or network that could limit the possibility or prevent entry the Challenge. The Releasees will also not be liable for any damage or loss that could arise, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from downloading any web page or by transmitting any information relating to the participation in this Challenge.

3.11 Severability: If a section of these rules is declared illegal, unenforceable or invalid by a competent court, that section shall be considered invalid, but all unaffected sections will be applied within the limits of the law.

Contact Information

Raw Materials Company Inc.
17 Invertose Drive
Port Colborne, ON
L3K 5V5

Toll Free: 1-888-937-3382
Local: 1-905-835-1203
Fax: 1-905-835-6824


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