Teaching children about responsible recycling at a young age can often influence their behavior as adults. To raise awareness, Call2Recycle Canada partnered with a variety of children’s organizations, including EcoKids and Earth Rangers, for special contests this past spring and summer.
Earth Day’s EcoKids Program
Earth Day Canada (EDC) and Call2Recycle have partnered as they share several important values and objectives: supporting education, protecting the environment and building resilient local communities. Earth Day Canada’s EcoKids Battery Hero Art contest resulted in 786 submissions and the creation of 5 educational webisodes in English and French that demonstrated the importance of battery recycling through cartoons.
Earth Rangers Battery Blitz Challenge
After students in the Greater Toronto Area schools collected 11,268 pounds (5,111 kg) of batteries for recycling as part of a Battery Blitz last winter, Earth Rangers expanded the program to 15 Metro Vancouver (British Columbia) schools and 10 Manitoba schools last spring. Students were taught about the environmental impact of used batteries that end up in landfills, then invited to collect as many rechargeable and alkaline batteries as they could for recycling. Metro Vancouver students collected almost 5,842 pounds (2,650 kg) of batteries while Manitoba collected 2,509 pounds (1,138 kg). École Seaforth Elementary School in Burnaby, British Columbia, and École New Era School in Brandon, Manitoba, collected the most batteries by weight and won pizza parties for their efforts.
More Fun Activities
Waste Reduction Week in Canada is just around the corner! Call2Recycle is running contests with the Winnipeg Public Libraries and Science World B.C. to increase battery recycling awareness and collections. Find an event or initiative near you at www.wrwcanada.com/events and do the right thing for the environment.Share