Ontario Schools Battery Recycling Challenge


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: $2,000.00*

**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 17th, 2016 (Waste Reduction Week) and runs until April 21st, 2017 (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 ourprovincial 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. New this year, 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

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!


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