Battery recycling contest 2016 launches across Manitoba

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Call2Recycle Canada, Inc. has partnered with Take Pride Winnipeg! Inc. to launch a Manitoba-wide Back-to-School Battery Recycling Contest to inspire Manitoba school children to keep batteries and cellphones out of landfills and protect the environment.

All schools in Manitoba are being encouraged to compete for some great rewards.  The school that collects the most batteries will win a donation of $1,500. Three other schools who demonstrate exceptional efforts and battery recycling displays will win three additional donations of $500 each.

All Manitoba schools can visit to register for the contest by the end of June, or can contact Call2Recycle for further information. Then, all through summer, school children will be cheered on to collect used household batteries under 5 kg from family, friends and relatives and take them back to participating schools in September to help their schools win the grand prizes. Call2Recycle is reminding children that only terminals of lithium or small sealed lead acid batteries need to be taped for safety purposes; other batteries can just be collected in a box or bag, then dropped off at a participating school or at a Call2Recycle location.

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The Back-to-School Battery Contest formally launched on Tuesday  at Sustainability Day at the Zoo, a collaboration between Take Pride Winnipeg! Inc. and Assiniboine Park Zoo. Call2Recycle is the Title Sponsor of this event. Booths have been set up inside the Zoo for all to learn more about recycling, producing less waste and creating a more sustainable future.

Joe Zenobio, Executive Director, Call2Recycle Canada Inc. said, “We are proud of our partnership with Take Pride Winnipeg! Inc., an organization dedicated to inspiring community pride, raising public awareness and promoting citizen responsibility in keeping Manitoba clean and beautiful. We hope that every school in Manitobasigns up to enter the campaign which will not only educate and inform children about the importance of recycling batteries, but will also nurture community spirit by bringing together school staff, communities and youth in a common cause.”

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Call2Recycle accepts household batteries (weighing up to 5 kg) and used cellphones (any make, model, or age). – CNW

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