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Call2Recycle Canada, Inc., Canada’s national consumer battery collection and recycling organization, shared the culmination of two programs that collected 4,118 kg of batteries.

Call2Recycle teamed up with Take Pride Winnipeg to launch a Manitoba-wide Back-to-School Battery Recycling Contest to inspire school children to keep batteries out of landfills and help protect the environment. The contest challenged schools across the province to collect the most batteries for recycling. The winning school received a grand prize donation of $1,500 for their school, while 3 additional schools with the best battery recycling displays were rewarded with $500 donations.

Students from across the province decorated their schools with posters, held battery drives, set-up displays in the lobby using the battery boxes, and most importantly, collected batteries for recycling with the help of their family, friends and neighbors.

Frontenac School in Winnipeg earned the grand prize by collecting 528 kg of batteries. The three runners up, who demonstrated outstanding effort and creative displays, include Treherne Collegiate Institute in Treherne, Gladstone Elementary School in Winnipeg and Dr. F.W.L. Hamilton School in East Saint Paul.

In its 3rd year, the annual Manitoba Waste Ace Library Contest was activated in libraries across the province. This program focuses on informing residents about battery recycling through public education displays. St. Boniface Library, a branch of Winnipeg Public Library, in Winnipeg was awarded a grand prize donation of $1,500 for their collection of 111 kg of batteries during Waste Reduction Week.

Call2Recycle is also recognizing another outstanding library branch this year: Henderson Library in Winnipeg, a branch of Winnipeg Public Library, was awarded a $1,500 prize to recognize its impressive and continued effort in battery collection throughout 2016 with a total of 615 kg since the beginning of 2016.

Call2Recycle’s contests are designed to help educate and empower citizens across Manitoba with the knowledge battery recycling is crucial in order to keep batteries out of landfills where they can potentially harm the environment.

Published in the February 2017 Edition of American Recycler News