Earth Rangers and Call2Recycle Challenge Greater Toronto Area Schools to Keep Batteries out of Landfills

Thursday, January 15, 2015 (Woodbridge, ON) – Earth Rangers, together with Call2Recycle®, has launched the Battery Blitz Mission to teach Greater Toronto Area (GTA) students about the  environmental impacts of batteries when they end up in the landfill and encourage them to collect and recycle used batteries.

Earth Rangers will visit 50 schools in the GTA between January and March 2015 with a live presentation featuring some amazing Animal Ambassadors to inspire students to take part in the Battery Blitz Mission. Each school will receive Call2Recycle battery recycling boxes and students will be encouraged to bring in used batteries over a two week period. Both single-use and rechargeable batteries weighing less than 5kg can be recycled, including those found in laptop computers, power tools, digital and video cameras, cellphones, cordless phones, flashlights and watches.

At the end of the two week period, batteries will be weighed by the Call2Recycle program and the school that collects the most used batteries by weight will be rewarded with a special celebration for the entire school.

When batteries are not recycled properly they can end up in landfills. The purpose behind the Battery Blitz Mission is to educate students about the importance of recycling batteries properly and to encourage environmentally responsible behaviours that can help protect the environment and ultimately the habitats of animals.

“Providing children with tangible ways to get involved in environmental issues is an essential component of Earth Rangers’ educational programming,” says Peter Kendall, Executive Director of Earth Rangers. “The Battery Blitz Mission and our partnership with Call2Recycle will provide students and schools with a hands-on way to make a difference right in their own communities.”

“Call2Recycle is proud to support programming that educates our next generation on the importance of battery recycling,” says Joe Zenobio, Executive Director of Call2Recycle Canada. “By diverting batteries from landfills and helping children across the GTA better understand the lifecycle of a battery, we’re ensuring better communities and a better planet for generations to come.”

The results of the Battery Blitz Mission will be announced in April 2015.

About Call2Recycle: Call2Recycle Canada, Inc. is a non-profit organization that collects and recycles batteries at no cost for municipalities, businesses and consumers. Since 1997, Call2Recycle has diverted over 7.5 million kilograms of batteries and cellphones from the solid waste stream and established 7,000 collection sites throughout Canada. A leader in its field, Call2Recycle was built upon a commitment to environmental sustainability and meets or exceeds the most rigorous recycling standards for the safe recycling and management of batteries. Learn more at www.call2recycle.ca or call 1.888.224.9764.

About Earth Rangers: Earth Rangers is a conservation organization dedicated to educating children and families about biodiversity and inspiring them to become directly involved in protecting animals and their habitats. To strengthen children’s inherent connection to wildlife, Earth Rangers communicates a positive science-based message about the importance of protecting animals by preserving the natural spaces they need to survive and adopting more sustainable behaviours. Through an award-winning children’s website, www.earthrangers.com, national School Outreach Program and a variety of family engagement initiatives, Earth Rangers reaches, inspires and enables millions of Canadians each year to take action to help ensure the lasting survival of species in Canada.

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For more information:
Lori Marier
Media Relations, Earth Rangers
905-417-3447 ext. 2281
lmarier@earthrangers.com

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