We are excited that Call2Recycle is back as a prize sponsor for BC Green Games this year! Call2Recycle Canada, Inc. is committed to protecting and preserving the environment through collecting and recycling consumer batteries. Founded in 1997, the not-for-profit organization works on behalf of stakeholders to provide its battery recycling program to consumers across Canada through 8,000 convenient drop-off locations. In 2018, more than 2.7-million kilograms of household batteries were recycled by consumers in Canada.
The Be A Battery Recycling Advocate Prize is awarded to Green Teams that develop a campaign to increase awareness about battery recycling. The team must have a strong message and call to action with details on why, how, and where to recycle. The school’s campaign must educate, encourage, and inspire others to safely recycle batteries. Last year 16 Green Teams worked to recycle batteries in their schools and communities.
Burnsview Secondary students in Delta were motivated to start a campaign in their school and put up posters, made announcements, and rewarded people for bringing batteries in with candy. They collected over 300 batteries and plan to keep the program running and encourage other schools in their area to start collecting and recycling batteries as well. They were awarded the $2 500 Be a Battery Recycling Advocate Prize for their efforts!
Richmond Secondary’s Green Team was inspired to start an electronic waste collection week in their school. Not only did they collect and properly recycle lots of e-waste, they also collected over 2000 batteries! They were awarded the school mural prize painted with recycled paint.
The students at North Surrey Secondary worked hard in their school garden all year and also wanted to make sure batteries were properly recycled. They collected over 3000 batteries! Their Green Team plans to keep collecting and recycling batteries and reach out to others schools to encourage them to start their own campaigns.
Even though the deadline for BC Green Games this year has passed you can still think about recycling your batteries and encouraging other to do so as well. As Spring is right around the corner it’s a great time to recharge your home. There are 5 simple things you can do:
- Remember to Turn all your clocks forward. Although many digital clocks and smartphones automatically adjust, don’t forget to change the clocks on your appliances (stoves, microwaves, etc.), watches, and of course, the good old-fashioned battery-powered clocks. This is also the perfect time to replace their batteries, allowing them to keep time accurately all year long.
- Prepare for emergencies. With the rainy spring season on the way, you never know when a storm might knock your power out. Make sure your flashlights are stocked with working batteries and backups so that you’re prepared for anything.
- Check your alarms. Safety should always be a priority. Are your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors working properly? Now is a good time to replace the old batteries with new ones so that your home is always protected.
- Spring cleaning. Spring is the perfect time to tidy and declutter your home. Do you have a junk drawer where you’ve been hoarding old batteries? There’s no better time to clear up space in that drawer by recycling them.
- Recycle your batteries. Once you have finished your spring cleaning, take your used battery collection to be recycled at one of the Call2Recycle drop-off locations – see here for details: https://www.call2recycle.ca/locator/. Properly disposing of used batteries has a positive impact on the environment by keeping them out of landfills. When you recycle your batteries with Call2Recycle, materials are extracted that can be used in the making of new products, including new batteries.
Hopefully you have been inspired to recycle batteries year round and to consider being a part of BC Green Games next year! Find your nearest battery recycling location at call2recycle.ca/locator. Right now you can check out this year’s BC Green Games projects and vote for your favorite projects until March 15th.