During the 2017-2018 school year, more than 220 educational institutions including 195,000 students in 16 regions of Quebec, took part in the 2nd edition of the Battery Recycling Schools Contest, raising over 50 tonnes of batteries.
A total of $11,500 in scholarships were offered to those who collected the most kg of used batteries. This year, the grand prize winner is l’École du Tremplin located in Saint-Lazare-de-Bellechasse in the Chaudière-Appalaches region. The 136 students of the school collected an impressive total of 6,275.1 kg of batteries (46.1 kg per student), winning the Grand Prize of $2,500.
In the category of Elementary and High schools’ prize-winners proportional to the number of students this years winner is L’École Arc-en-Ciel Saint-Camille in Saint-Camille-de-Lellis (Chaudière-Appalaches). They took in the $2,000 first prize by raising 78.0 kg of batteries per student, a total of 2,026.8 kg. Runners up were l’ école du Tremplin and A. S Johnson High School and St-Patrick’s Elementary School in Thetford Mines (Chaudière-Appalaches). The second and third prizes received $1 500 and $1,000 respectively.
In the category of College awards proportional to the number of students the students of Cégep de Granby raised 0.7668 kg of batteries per student, a total of 1,572 kg. They were worthy recipients of the $2,000 first prize. Runners up were Le Campus des Îles-de-la-Madeleine (0.4102 kg of batteries per student or 48.4 kg in total; $1,500 prize) and the Cégep de Sept-Îles (0.2993 kg of batteries per student or 178.4 kg in total; $1,000 prize)
The scholarships offered to the winning institutions must be used for environmental purposes, ranging from the implementation of specific projects to awareness-raising activities.