Earth Rangers and Call2Recycle Announce Results of the Battery Blitz School Challenge

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 (Woodbridge, ON) – Earth Rangers and Call2Recycle® are thrilled with the incredible results of the Battery Blitz School Mission, which challenged 50 Greater Toronto Area schools to collect and recycle used batteries.  This program taught students about the environmental impacts of batteries when they end up in landfills and provided them with the opportunity to take action.

The students enthusiastically took up the challenge and over the course of 12 weeks, 5,111 kg of batteries were collected and recycled. That is the equivalent of approximately 222,217 double ‘A’ batteries or, if stacked end to end, the height of 20 CN Towers!

The challenge also included some friendly competition, with schools competing for a special celebration for the entire school. The numbers are in and the winning school is St. John Bosco School in Brampton whose students collected an incredible 731 kg of used batteries.

“Engaging children in environmental issues and demonstrating to them that their actions can have a direct and positive impact is core to our programs,” says Peter Kendall, Executive Director of Earth Rangers. “The results of this initiative show the enormous environmental impact our youth can make through small, individual actions, like recycling batteries at school. Kids really want to do something to help, and the success of this program proves that.”

“Education and public awareness is a key part of Call2Recycle’s efforts to ensure as many batteries as possible are diverted from Canadian landfill,” says Joe Zenobio, Executive Director of Call2Recycle Canada. “We look forward to expanding the program to other parts of Canada later this year, equipping more students with the knowledge and tools to help them demonstrate a commitment to recycling and the environment.”

Earth Rangers and Call2Recycle will recognize the efforts of these students with a special presentation.

Date: Friday, April 24, 2015
Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm
What: Earth Rangers and Call2Recycle recognize the students of St. John Bosco with an assembly to announce the results, an Earth Rangers Animal Meet & Greet and pizza lunch
Location: St. John Bosco School, 1025 North Park Drive, Brampton

Earth Rangers recently commissioned Ipsos Reid to find out how aware and engaged kids are in environmental issues. The study shows that Canadian kids have a high level of awareness and concern for environmental issues and, more importantly, they believe in the importance of taking action to protect the environment.

  • 85% of kids say it’s ‘very important’ to do things to protect the environment.”
  • 84% of kids believe it’s ‘very important’ to recycle
  • 50% of kids report having recycled batteries in the past year

Thanks to the generous support of Call2Recycle, Earth Rangers visited 50 schools in the GTA between January and March 2015 with their signature School Assembly Program, featuring live Animal Ambassadors. The assembly acted as the kick-off to inspire students to take part in a two-week recycling drive. At the end of the two weeks the batteries were collected and weighed by Call2Recycle.

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