On Wednesday, April 24, approximately 100 students, parents and members of the general public answered the Call2Recycle by taking part in our TipZone challenge at Science World. The challenge was part of an event to launch Call2Recycle’s newest public battery and cellphone collection site, located in the lobby of Vancouver’s Science World. BC Lions’ star quarterback Travis Lulay and the team’s mascot Leo the Lion were on hand to meet the public and take part in the event’s highlight: the Tip the Scale challenge.
Call2Recycle had encouraged visitors to bring their used batteries (weighing up to 5 kgs each) and cellphones to Science World that day to help us “tip the scale” and lift Travis Lulay off the ground. The event was a fun and engaging opportunity for visitors to learn more about responsible battery recycling. Children and adults received prizes, giveaways and fun facts to take home with them so that they continue to remember the importance of battery recycling in their daily lives.
“We are extremely pleased to have so many students and adults come out to today’s battery drive and to see their excitement about contributing to our goal,” said Orysia Boytchuk, Marketing Director of Call2Recycle. “Everyone is excited to meet Travis and to lift him off the ground. It is a fun way to communicate important messages to kids and their parents about the batteries they use and how to dispose of them in a safe and environmentally responsible way.”
Call2Recycle also held a TipZone Contest. The three lucky were Joe Frenske of Richmond, B.C., winner of four tickets to a B.C. Lions home game, Nick Brizzi of Vancouver, who won an iPod nano mobile digital device, and Serena Verma of Vancouver who’ll be enjoying a Science World Family pass.
As we got closer and closer to our goal of tipping the scale, excitement among the crowd grew. At 10:45am, the scale was successfully tipped and Travis’s feet left the ground!
At the launch event, Call2Recycle also announced our three-year sponsorship of Science World’s BC Green Games. The Green Games are an annual contest designed to encourage students from kindergarten to grade 12 to document and share projects relating to sustainable development, greenhouse gas reduction or environmental stewardship that make positive changes in their school communities. The competition is designed to motivate action, enable sharing, reward and celebrate the green efforts of schools in British Columbia. Stay tuned for more information about this exciting contest over the coming months!
In addition to the new Science World collection point, there are more than 6,000 Call2Recycle collection sites in Canada of which 1,200 are located across BC. To find a location near you that accepts batteries and cellphones to be recycled free of charge, visit the Call2Recycle Drop-off Locator.