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Raw Materials Company (RMC) was established in 1985 based on a belief and vision that all consumer batteries need to be managed responsibly and not discarded into municipal landfills, regardless of type.
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    Raw Materials Company President James Ewles named the Waste Sector Executive of the Year by the Ontario Waste Management Association and its national partners.Port Colborne, ON– James Ewles, President of Raw Materials Company has been named Canadian Waste Sector Executive of the Year by the Ontario Waste Management Association (OWMA) and its national partners.

    The OWMA awards program recognizes and rewards those individuals who excel in their fields by showing excellence, exemplary customer service, entrepreneurship, innovation and perseverance. Mr. Ewles was presented with the highly regarded award at a special gala dinner attended by more than 150 waste management professionals on November 9th, 2016 as part of the Canadian Waste to Resource Conference.

    “This is a team award, and it's a testament to the great efforts of all RMC team members over the past several years," said Ewles. "RMC would also like to thank the Province of Ontario and the Battery Stewards for their vision and commitment to recycling, resource preservation, and environmental protection. The success of the Ontario program is proof that great results are possible when we all work together."

    Mr. Ewles has been a staunch advocate for higher order recycling and his leadership and vision ensured Raw Materials Company remained relevant while Ontario made steps to transition toward a more circular economy.

    Since Raw Materials Company joined the Battery Incentive Program (BIP), a program operated by Stewardship Ontario and funded by the battery manufacturers, recycling in the province has skyrocketed. In 2015, there was an estimated 7,010 tonnes of single-use batteries available and ready to be recycled in Ontario alone. Last year the province recycled 33% or 2,330 tonnes of what was available, the highest collection rate in Canada.

    “It is important to take time to acknowledge the tremendous contributions made by those who are leading the waste management sector,” said acting OWMA CEO Peter Hargreave. “This year, we were pleased to recognize six deserving individuals at our third annual awards ceremony for their continued efforts to advance innovation, increase sustainability in the waste management sector, and demonstrate corporate social responsibility in their organization and community.”

    About Raw Materials Company:

    Raw Materials Company is an industry leading battery-recycling company. RMC was established in 1985 and employs 50 people in the community of Port Colborne, Ontario. RMC is an approved transporter and processor under the Stewardship Ontario Battery Incentive Program. 


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    On an unseasonably warm March morning, Wiley the Wolf ventured far from his den to pay a special visit to St. Cecilia Catholic School in Toronto to present a sixth grade student named Honora with a family trip to Great Wolf Lodge in Niagara Falls. 

    St. Cecilia is participating in the Ontario Schools Battery Recycling Challenge, a recycling competition between 125 elementary and secondary schools across the Province. As part of the Challenge, students can complete missions for a chance to win individual prizes. For the third time in as many years, Honora completed all five missions to become an official Battery Boss. Honora’s name was selected on Family Day and together with her classmates, she was presented with her prize at a school assembly earlier today.  

    Save the world, recycle your batteries! A great message from Honora, grade 6 student at St. Cecilia School in Toronto."We're so happy for Honora," said Sarah Lacharity of Raw Materials Company. "She's been engaged in this Challenge since it first started three years ago and it's just great to see her rewarded for her hard work and continued participation in the program."  

    The Challenge is put on by Raw Materials Company, a battery recycling facility in Port Colborne. The purpose of the Challenge is to teach students and their families about the proper way to handle and store household batteries and why it’s important to recycle them when they no longer hold a charge. The Challenge started on the first day of Waste Reduction Week in October and finishes up on the Friday before Earth Day, April 21, 2017. 

    At the end of the Challenge, the top three schools will receive a portion of a provincial prize pool with 10% reserved for a donation to the SickKids Foundation on behalf of all OSBRC participants. The OSBRC has grown significantly over the past three years and this year schools are on pace to recycle more than ever. With six weeks remaining in the Challenge, schools have already recycled more than 650,000 household batteries.

    For more information about the Ontario Schools Battery Recycling Challenge, please visit www.rawmaterials.com/ontario-school-recycling-challenge 

    Proceeds for the collection and recycling of the batteries are made available through the Orange Drop program that is funded by primary battery manufacturers. For more information please visit www.makethedrop.ca 

    About Raw Materials Company:
    Raw Materials Company is an industry leading battery-recycling company. RMC was established in 1985 and employs 50 people in the community of Port Colborne, Ontario. RMC is an approved transporter and processor under the Stewardship Ontario Battery Incentive Program.

     


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    Port Colborne, ON - Raw Materials Company signed a purchase agreement for three OBS 600 optical sorting machines. Developed for battery recyclers by REFIND Technologies in Gothenburg Sweden, the advanced identification and sorting system records the brand and chemistry types of the batteries it sorts, providing valuable market share data back to the recycler and its stakeholders.

    Once installed, the units will work in parallel to accurately sort 30 batteries per second or 1800 kilograms per hour, greatly increasing the throughput of batteries processed at the Port Colborne, Ontario recycling facility.

    “This new technology will expand our sorting capacity and efficiency and allow RMC to keep up with the growing number of batteries collected and recycled annually in Ontario and throughout North America,” said James Ewles, President of Raw Materials Company. “The OBS 600 will also provide RMC with exclusive data on the batteries collected including brand, type and number of cells sorted and processed daily.”

    The installation of the first OBS 600 is scheduled for the spring of 2017, with the second and third installations scheduled for early 2018. The addition of this equipment is timely given the recent surge in battery recycling across the Province of Ontario, Canada. In 2016 Ontarians recycled approximately 3 million kilograms of single-use batteries.

    Raw Materials Company is building additional sorting and plant capacity to accommodate new business from Canada and the United States. The company also plans to build recycling plants in Europe and Asia using its patented recycling technologies.

    Raw Materials Company was the first Canadian company to purchase the OBS 600 identification and sorting system and will be one of few companies in the world that will have this advanced capability.

    About Raw Materials Company:

    Raw Materials Company is an industry leading battery-recycling company. RMC was established in 1985 and employs 50 people in the community of Port Colborne, Ontario. RMC is an approved transporter and processor under the Stewardship Ontario Battery Incentive Program.


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    Local businesses team up to grow fresh produce at the Community Garden in Lockview Park, Port Colborne to support Port Cares Reach Out Centre Food BankPhoto provided by LEV8 Low Level Aerial Photography & Media

    Port Colborne, ON - The new Lockview Park Community Garden will spring to life on the evening of June 7, 2017 from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. as friends and families gather to sow seeds and enjoy a free bar-b-q by Tender Cuts. Lockview Park is located between Chestnut Park and Lakeshore Catholic High School. Everyone is welcome.

    This will be the first growing season for the new garden, with the harvested fresh produce benefiting the Port Cares Reach Out Centre food bank. Members of the community can sign up for a plot, volunteer, or simply enjoy a hot dog and the company of their neighbours. 

    “There will be fun activities for kids and we invite them to come and decorate the plots,” said Sarah Lacharity, organizer of the community garden. “The bar-b-q is free but we do encourage people to bring non-perishable food donations for the food bank.” 

    The Reach Out Food Centre typically supports 600 people every month, a third of which are children under the age of 18. The food bank goes through approximately 15,000 pounds of food each month, including 1,000 pounds of produce which is donated to the food bank by local grocers, farmers, individual donors and existing community garden plots like the one at Lockview Park. Fresh produce is vital to a healthy diet and it’s especially difficult for families on fixed incomes to incorporate enough of it into their diets.

    “We simply could not serve those in need in our community without the abundance of community support Port Cares Reach Out Centre receives. We truly appreciate the efforts of Raw Materials Company and Marine Recycling Corporation,” said Christine Clark Lafleur, Executive Director, Port Cares.

    During the off season, Jordan Elliott of Marine Recycling Corporation was busy growing a variety of vegetables for the new garden using a product called Iron Earth. Iron Earth is a soil re-mineralizer that contains 76 organically bound earth elements. Not to be confused with fertilizer, Iron Earth is an organic soil conditioner and plant food that restores the vital nutrients consumed by plants after each growing season. 

    “We’re so impressed with this product and we can’t wait to see the expression on everyone’s face when they see how far along these seedlings are,” said Jordan Elliott. “At this rate, we’ll have tomatoes by July!”

    Iron Earth joins the City of Port Colborne, Tender Cuts, Marine Recycling Corporation and Raw Materials Company as the latest corporate sponsor of the community garden. The company has generously donated enough soil re-mineralizer for each plot.

    The Port Cares Reach out Centre serves the communities of Port Colborne and Wainfleet and is open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. at 61 Nickel Street in Port Colborne. 


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    Ben Kersley of Raw Materials Company awards Quintilian Private School of Kingston with a 1st place trophy and cheque for winning the Ontario Schools Battery Recycling Challenge

    Kingston, ON - On June 16th, Raw Materials Company of Port Colborne paid a special visit to Quintilian School of Kingston to award them a first-place trophy and a cheque for winning the Ontario Schools Battery Recycling Challenge (OSBRC).

    The OSBRC is a recycling competition between elementary and secondary schools across Ontario. The Challenge reached 70,000 students and together they recycled close to 1.2 million single-use batteries. An 18% increase over the number of batteries recycled from the same number of students last year. Quintilian earned 55,100 points and took home a portion of the $15,498 prize pool. 

    “It was fun to do the battery drive. It was a lot of work too!” said grade six student Kai.

    As part of the Challenge, OSBRC schools set out with a goal to recycle 1.36 kilograms of batteries per student enrolled. 1.36 kilograms is what the average Canadian family accumulates in a year. With help from the local community, Quintilian students managed to recycle 40 times that amount.

    “It wasn’t just a competition, we also did this for the environment,” said grade five student, Cassidy. “Batteries shouldn’t go in the dump. We need to recycle them and it’s amazing how many batteries could have ended up in the dump!”

    This was Quintilian’s second year participating in the OSBRC. Last year the Kingston area school finished the Challenge in second place and used its winnings to purchase new laptops for the 7/8 classroom.

    “We are hoping to use this year’s prize money to update some very old technology that the school is still using,” said Laura DeSousa, Director of Planning at Quintilian Private School. “Our students also expressed a desire for some updated outdoor equipment.”

     “We are all very proud of Quintilian and all of the other schools that worked hard this year to recycle batteries,” said Mike Kersley of Raw Materials Company. “These students embodied the spirit of teamwork and their determination this year was fantastic.”
     
    The defending champion, Springfield Public School, finished the Challenge in second place after coming first in the 2015/2016 Challenge. The rural London area school continues to hold the record for OSBRC Student Missions with 84 students completing missions this year. 

    “After having been involved with the battery recycling program, I don’t see any of our students disposing of batteries in the trash for the rest of their lives,” said Keith Alward, teacher at Springfield Public School.

    “The battery challenge has showed us how to be leaders and teach younger students to care about our environment,” said Amy Cox, student at Springfield P.S.

    “The students have enjoyed the 16 Chromebooks and two iPads that we purchased with the funds we won last year,” said Sheri Webb, secretary at Springfield Public School. “With our winning cheque this year, we have decided to donate $1000 to the SickKids Foundation in Toronto to assist Raw Materials Company Inc. in their venture of supporting this foundation. The remaining funds will be put towards innovative technology.”

    Rounding out the top three was newcomer Muskoka Christian School (MCS). Muskoka got off to a lightning fast start and really set the pace for several months. MCS plans to use its share of the prize to update the non-fiction section of the library, including the recycling and environment section. 

    A portion of the prize pool will be donated to SickKids Foundation on behalf of all participants during a visit to the Hospital for Sick Children on June 21st, 2017. 

    The OSBRC is meant to teach children and their families about the proper ways to handle, store and recycle batteries at home and at school. The program offers many free resources for educators and there is no cost for a school to participate. 

    Prize money is awarded based on the total number of alkaline batteries recycled during the contest. For every kilogram of single-use alkaline batteries recycled, RMC pays money into a provincial prize pool to award the top three schools. 

    Funding for the transportation and recycling of the batteries was provided through the Stewardship Ontario Orange Drop program. 

    Since 2015, schools participating in the Ontario Schools Battery Recycling Challenge have recycled more than 3 million household batteries. 100% of the alkaline batteries they recycled are reused and nothing is sent to the landfill. Recycling displaces the need to mine for the equivalent amount of raw materials from ore, a major cause of green-house gas emissions. 

    To learn more about the Ontario Schools Battery Recycling Challenge, please visit www.rawmaterials.com.

    About Raw Materials Company:
    Raw Materials Company is the industry leading battery recycling company whose process achieves the highest recovery and recycling rate in North America. RMC was established in 1985 and employs 50 people in the community of Port Colborne, Ontario. RMC is an approved transporter and processor under the Stewardship Ontario Battery Incentive Program. 


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    Front row left image - Kate of Springfield PS, Brayden and Madelyn of St. Anthony Catholic French Immersion. Back row -  Mike Kersley of Raw Materials Company and Brianne Fodey of SickKids 

    Toronto, ON – On June 21st, a delegation from the Ontario Schools Battery Recycling Challenge (OSBRC) traveled to The Hospital for Sick Children to make a donation to the SickKids Foundation on behalf of all OSBRC participants.

    In its third year, the OSBRC reached 70,000 students and together they recycled more than 1.2 million batteries! An 18% increase over the number of batteries recycled from the same number of students last year. A provincial prize pool awarded the top three schools in the province with a portion reserved for the SickKids Foundation. To date, OSBRC students have raised more than $5,500 for SickKids.

    In addition to the OSBRC donation earlier today, 2nd place winners Sprinfield Public School graciously donated a share of its winnings to the Foundation as well. 

    “With our winning cheque this year, we have decided to donate $1000 to the SickKids Foundation in Toronto to assist Raw Materials Company Inc. in their venture of supporting this foundation," said Sheri Webb, Secretary at Sprinfield Public School.  

    “SickKids would like to thank everyone involved with the OSBRC for their steadfast support of children’s health, all while promoting the importance of recycling in today’s youth,” said Brianne Fodey, Community Events Coordinator at the SickKids Foundation.

    Since 2015, schools participating in the Ontario Schools Battery Recycling Challenge have recycled more than 3 million used household batteries. 100% of the alkaline batteries collected are recycled and nothing is sent to the landfill. Recycling displaces the need to mine for the equivalent amount of raw materials from ore, a major cause of green house gas emissions. 

    “It’s fascinating to see how enthusiastic these kids are about recycling and philanthropy,” said James Ewles, President of Raw Materials Company. “The donation to the SickKids Foundation is something that students suggested in the first year and it’s been something that all of us can really get behind.” 

    The OSBRC is a provincial recycling competition between elementary and secondary schools put on by Raw Materials Company of Port Colborne, Ontario. The purpose of the challenge is to teach students and their families how to properly handle and store batteries and how to prepare them for recycling. The OSBRC offers many free resources for educators and there is no cost for a school to participate.

    Elementary and secondary schools in the Province of Ontario are eligible to participate in the Challenge. Registration begins in September and the Challenge officially launches during Waste Reduction Week in October. For more information, please visit www.rawmaterials.com 


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    Connect Hearing designed and created the Little Green Box that their clients take home to recycle hearing aid batteries.If you’ve ever stepped into any of the 128 Connect Hearing stores across Canada, you may have noticed The Little Green Box!

    Since 2013, the Canadian retailer has been providing its customers with a convenient service to recycle the small button sized batteries from hearing aids. 

    True to the idea that a bunch of little things is what makes big things happen, the Little Green Box has helped Connect Hearing and its customers recycle more than a metric ton of batteries over the years. That’s the equivalent of recycling 1.5 million hearing aid batteries!

     “With the assistance of our marketing department we created ‘The Little Green Box’ which our clients can take home to recycle their used hearing aid batteries,” said Elizabeth Manthorpe, HR Specialist at Connect Hearing. “Once full, the box is returned to the nearest Connect Hearing for recycling. We have a variety of pamphlets and information on our website so that all of our customers are aware of this great program.” 

    Prior to rolling the program out, the marketing department sent teasers to all the staff to pique everyone’s interest. When the program launched, all 128 stores were onboard and ready to promote the program to customers. Connect Hearing routinely updates its staff on the company’s recycling programs, a great reminder about the positive impact employees and customers are making. 

    The company’s corporate sustainability efforts don’t end there. In fact, Connect Hearing has recycling programs for paper and plastics as well as an organics program. The company even removed most of the filing cabinets and drawers at its head office to encourage electronic filing. With all that extra room, the head office moved from a 10,048 ft2 space into a cozier and more efficient 5,859 ft2 space. The new office environment promotes open communication, which has led to better collaboration between employees. 

     “I think one of the biggest reasons for our success has to do with the buy-in we received from our staff. Everyone, all the way from upper management to the frontline, was and still is very excited about our battery recycling program and it shows,” said Manthorpe. 

    The batteries recycled at Connect Hearing are sent to Raw Materials Company in Port Colborne, Ontario where they are sorted by chemistry and processed to recover the resources inside. Those resources are then reused in the manufacture of new products, displacing the need to mine for equivalent amount of raw materials from ore.  

    The company’s Ontario locations participate in the Stewardship OntarioOrange Drop program. The transportation and recycling of the batteries collected at the Ontario sites are funded by the battery industry. RMC offers several recycling programs for retailers and other customers across Canada and the US. Please contact RMC to discuss a program that is right the right fit for your company.

    About Raw Materials Company: 
    Raw Materials Company has recycled over 1 billion batteries since its establishment in 1985 RMC’s current patented battery recycling process achieves the highest sustainable recycling rates in the world.  RMC is an approved transporter and processor under the Stewardship Ontario Battery Incentive Program. 


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    Port Colborne, ON - Recycling rates for single-use batteries have climbed steadily since Stewardship Ontario introduced the Battery Incentive Program in 2011. Last year the Province recycled 49% of the batteries available, tipping the scale at 3,226 metric tonnes.

    In fact, Ontario recycles more single-use batteries than any other province or state in North America and even outperforms many European programs that have been recycling these chemistries for two decades. 

    The Province has setup thousands of public recycling points at municipal offices and stores in most communities. In addition to that, 62 municipalities provide bi-annual curbside battery collections that piggy-back on the blue box program. The curbside program has tapped into a new stream of batteries that were once destined for landfill.

    “Prior to the curbside battery program, Durham Region recycled approximately 25 metric tonnes (MT) a year from Waste Management facilities where residents can drop batteries off free of charge. Last year the Region recycled 50 MT, of which 33 MT were recycled at the curb,” said Stephen Laird at the Region of Durham.

    In Dufferin County, curbside battery recycling is having a positive impact on recycling at public drop-off points and at the hazardous waste depot.

    “The battery bag we send out for curbside collection is a great reminder for people,” said Chris Fast, Collection Coordinator at Waste Services for the County of Dufferin.  “The bags that we don’t pickup on collection day usually find their way to our HHW event days or one of the drop-off bins around the County.”

    In 2016, the County of Dufferin reached a new milestone, recycling 5500 kg at the curb.

    This November, many Ontario communities will provide a fall collection to coincide with daylight savings, when fire departments remind homeowners to change the batteries in smoke alarms. The collection period and setout instructions are unique in each community, so it’s best to visit a municipal website for specific details. Basically, old single-use batteries are placed into a properly labeled bag and setout with the recycling on a week that’s advertised by the municipality.

    Once collected, the single-use batteries are sent to Raw Materials Company in Port Colborne Ontario to be sorted and processed to recover the reusable materials inside. The recovered materials are reused in the manufacture of new products, displacing the need to mine and refine raw materials from ore. A major cause of green-house-gas emissions.

    “This program works because it’s convenient,” said Cory Graper of Raw Materials Company. “Most people in Ontario use their blue box habitually, and municipalities are simply leveraging the high participation of that program to capture single-use batteries too.”

    Another hidden benefit of curbside battery collection is the reduction in green-house-gas emissions. 

    “If you look at a community that recycles 15 MT during a weeklong collection, you’re saving 20,000 individual trips to recycling points,” said Graper. 

    If curbside collection is not offered in your community, you can visit rawmaterials.com to find a recycling point in your neighbourhood. 

    Raw Materials Company is an industry leading battery-recycling company. Established in 1985, RMC employs 50 people in the community of Port Colborne, Ontario. RMC is an approved transporter and processor under the Stewardship Ontario Battery Incentive Program which is funded by the battery manufacturers. 

     


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    The Lockview Park Community Garden brought in a bounty of 853 kilograms of fresh, healthy produce to the Port Cares Food Bank. The picture shows fresh produce sitting across a table in the Port Cares pantry.

    Port Colborne, ON– The Lockview Park Community garden wrapped up its first growing season bringing in a bounty of 853 kilograms of fresh, healthy produce to the Port Cares Food Bank

    11 raised garden beds were built and cared for this season; eight large beds and three smaller beds for expanding plants. The plots were maintained by a team of compassionate volunteers, the City, local companies and youngsters from the Blooming Gardeners program that came out twice a week to learn how to grow their own food.

    “We want to thank all the volunteers and families that came out to water the garden and pick vegetables this season,” said Sarah Lacharity of Raw Materials Company. “It was wonderful feeling to see the community come together to grow vegetables for our local food bank.”

    The Reach Out Food Centre supports 600 people every month, a third of which are children under the age of 18. The food bank goes through approximately 6,750 kg of food per month, including 450 kg of produce. The produce is donated to the food bank by local grocers, farmers, individual donors and community garden plots like the one at Lockview Park.

    “The volunteers, families, corporate sponsors and the City should all be proud of their efforts in the community garden, as the fruits of this labour help provide much needed nutrition to our supported individuals and families at the Port Cares Reach Out Food Centre,” said Amanda Upper, Site Supervisor at Port Cares Reach Out Food Centre. “As you can imagine, fresh produce is sometimes hard to come by for a food bank stocked with predominantly non-perishable goods so supplies like fresh produce are like gold to us, and especially valuable for supplementing community meals. This initiative is about more than a nutritious food source – it is symbolic of the impact a group of individuals who care enough can have when they are willing to roll up their sleeves and lend a hand to help support their neighbours.”

    The garden is sponsored by the City of Port Colborne, Tender Cuts, Raw Materials Company, Marine Recycling Corporation and Iron Earth Canada. Before the first seedlings were planted, Iron Earth Canada donated enough organic soil re-mineralizer to fill all 11 plots. The all-natural soil conditioner rejuvenates mineral deficient soil, giving vegetables a healthy boost of minerals and essential nutrients. Iron Earth is a completely natural soil re-mineralizer and contains no synthetic chemicals, more information is available at ironearthcanada.com

    “We started picking vegetables in July and we continued picking until late October,” said Lacharity. “The plants produced an enormous amount of vegetables and I really did taste a difference between the veggies we grew at the garden and the produce I buy at the grocery store.”

    Organizers plan to expand the garden with additional plots next season. Anyone from the community that wants to maintain a plot or volunteer to help can contact Sarah Lacharity by email at slacharity@rawmaterials.com

    The Port Cares Reach out Centre serves the communities of Port Colborne and Wainfleet and is open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. at 61 Nickel Street in Port Colborne. The office is also open Monday to Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. to receive donations.


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    Sarah Lacharity of Raw Materials Company along with Wiley the Wolf pose for a picture with the six Battery Bosses from Montgomery Village Public School. Pictured from left to right; Darby, Ryder, Jillian, Jordan, Claudia and Anika.

    On February 26th, Sarah Lacharity of Raw Materials Company, along with her friend Wiley the Wolf stopped in at Montgomery Village Public School in Orangeville to present a grade 5 student named Jillian with a family stay at Great Wolf Lodge in Niagara Falls

    Jillian was the winner of the 4th annual Ontario Schools Battery Recycling Challenge - Family Day prize draw. This special random draw is reserved for “Battery Bosses”, a name that acknowledges students that complete all five Student Missions during the Challenge year. This year, there were 138 Battery Bosses. Montgomery Village had six students that were eligible for the draw. Pictured above from left to right; Darby (grade 5), Ryder (grade 1), Jillian (grade 5), Jordan (grade 5), Claudia (JK) and Anika (grade 3).

    "I learned a lot about how to save the environment by doing all of the Student Missions and becoming a Battery Boss," said Jillian.

    This is the fourth year that Montgomery Village has participated in the Ontario Schools Battery Recycling Challenge. In that time the school has recycled more than 66,000 batteries, diverting harmful chemicals and reusable materials from local landfills. 

    “We’re so proud of all of the students that took time to complete Student Missions this year,” said Sarah Lacharity. “We wish we could give all of them a prize, they certainly deserve it."

    At last count, students and schools participating in the OSBRC had recycled 36% more than they had at the same time last year, making it the best year on record. Since 2014, the OSBRC has recycled more than four million household batteries.

    The Ontario Schools Battery Recycling Challenge was created by Raw Materials Company, a battery recycling company in Port Colborne Ontario. The Challenge teaches children and their families about the proper way to handle and store batteries at home, all while promoting the benefits and providing an avenue to recycle them. The Challenge begins on the first day of Waste Reduction Week every year in October and runs until Earth Day in April.

    The Challenge awards the top schools across Ontario with a portion of the provincial prize pool and every year, 10% of that prize pool is earmarked for a donation to the SickKids Foundation on behalf of all OSBRC participants.

    To learn more about the Ontario Schools Battery Recycling Challenge, please visit www.rawmaterials.com/ontario-school-recycling-challenge/

    Proceeds for the collection and recycling of the batteries are made available through the Orange Drop program that is funded by primary battery manufacturers. For more information please visit www.makethedrop.ca.

    About Raw Materials Company:
    Raw Materials Company is an industry leading battery-recycling company. RMC was established in 1985 and employs 50 people in the community of Port Colborne, Ontario. RMC is an approved transporter and processor under the Stewardship Ontario Battery Incentive Program.

     


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    Jordan Elliott of Marine Recycling Corporation helps a youngster plant seedlings at the Lockview Park Community Garden in Port Colborne in support of the Port Cares Food Bank.

    Port Colborne, ON - On Sunday May 27 beginning at 3:00 p.m. friends of the Lockview Park Community Garden will gather at the garden located between Lakeshore Catholic High School and Chestnut Park for a season opening planting party. A free barbecue sponsored by Tender Cuts will start at 4:00 p.m. Non-perishable food donations to the Port Cares Food Bank will be accepted. 

    The Lockview Park Community Garden is a community effort to support the local food bank. Last year, more than 853 kilograms of fresh produce was grown in eleven raised beds at the site. The produce was donated to the Port Cares Reach Out Centre, which typically distributes 6,750 kilograms of food to families living in Port Colborne and Wainfleet each month. Approximately 450 kilograms of that food is fresh produce.

    “Thank you to everyone involved in the second season of the Lockview Park Community Garden,” said Christine Clark Lafleur, Executive Director at Port Cares. “The nutritious and fresh 853 kilograms of produce that were donated through the gardens last year helped to feed the 1,200 individuals that rely on the food bank each month. We are very grateful to be able to offer fresh produce in the food bank and we look forward to another great growing season.”

    The garden at Lockview Park is maintained by a group of community volunteers and local businesses. 

    “We were so pleased with all of the support the garden received from the community last season,” said Jordan Elliott, President of Marine Recycling Corporation and one of the garden organizers. “All the volunteers that came out did a wonderful job for an important organization, and we’re excited to work alongside them again this year.”

    There has been a growing interest from the community and organizations willing to lend a hand. Margret Tanaszi, President and Master Gardener at the Port Colborne Horticultural Society will be on hand to offer gardening tips and advice to attendees. The Port Colborne Public Library will also be setup to offer party goers free seeds, the opportunity to sign out gardening books and a chance to learn a gardening craft. 

    “We recently started a seed library in partnership with the Healthy Kids Community Challenge Niagara,” said Rachel Tkachuk, Librarian at the Port Colborne Public Library. “People will be able to checkout free seeds from us and return new seeds at end of the growing season.”

    Parents can also sign their children up for the Blooming Gardeners Program, which is also part of Healthy Kids Community Challenge Niagara. The group will meet every Tuesday and Thursday at the Lockview Park Community Garden from June 20 until August 24, 2018. Children will learn how to care for plants, environmental stewardship and sustainable food systems. 

    Algoma Ship Repair has joined the ranks as the latest corporate sponsor. The company has offered to supply water to the garden from its facility located beside the park. The list of corporate sponsors includes, the City of Port Colborne, Tender Cuts, Raw Materials Company, Marine Recycling Corporation and Iron Earth Canada

    Anyone that wants to volunteer to help with the garden or anyone that is interested in a plot can speak to Sarah Lacharity at Iron Earth Canada. The company will be there handing out samples of its soil re-mineralizer that is being used in the garden again this year. The all-natural soil conditioner rejuvenates mineral deficient soil, giving vegetables a healthy boost of minerals and essential nutrients. 

    The Port Cares Reach Out Centre serves the communities of Port Colborne and Wainfleet and is open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. at 61 Nickel Street in Port Colborne. The office is also open Monday to Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. to receive donations.


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    Students and teachers at Quintilian School in Kingston are recognized for placing first in the Ontario Schools Battery Recycling Challenge!

    Kingston, ON– For the second time in as many years, students and teachers at Quintilian School in Kingston were crowned champions of the Ontario Schools Battery Recycling Challenge. Quintilian was presented with a first-place trophy and a share of the provincial prize pool at a ceremony earlier today.

      

    This year, 65,000 students from 125 Ontario schools took part in the annual Challenge to recycle single-use batteries. The defending champs earned 57,583 points, while staving off a determined push by first-time participant, Centennial ’67 Public School of Spencerville. In the end, Centennial ’67 earned second place for its valiant effort and coming in third was another newcomer, Bayview Public School of Midland. All three schools took home a share of the $23,247 prize pool. 

    The winner of the $500 random draw that included all schools that met or exceeded the OSBRC Pledge was Davenport Public School of Aylmer. 

    “Quintilian School is very excited to have defended our winning title,” said Laura DeSousa, Director of Planning at Quintilian School. “We had to work extra hard to fill those drums this year and our students and staff were overwhelmed by the support we received from our community.”

    Quintilian School will be sharing a portion of its winnings with the Kingston Chapter of the Special Olympics to help fund athletes in a variety of programs. A portion will also be donated to Quintilian Way, a local charity that provides a weekly social skills program and a summer day camp. The school will also donate some of its winnings to the Psychology Clinic at Queen’s Bursary Program, an initiative that provides financial support for psychological assessments and intervention services to children and adolescents in need.

    “Many of our students and alumni have benefited from these very important local programs over the years, and we’re happy to be able to share some of our winnings with them,” said DeSousa. 

    The Ontario Schools Battery Recycling Challenge (OSBRC) started in October and finished on the Friday before Earth Day (April 20th). During that time, students and teachers recycled more than 2.5 million batteries, diverting harmful chemicals and reusable materials from Ontario landfills. 

    “99% of OSBRC schools rang the bell this year,” said Sarah Lacharity of Raw Materials Company, the Port Colborne based company that runs the Challenge. “With that outstanding display of teamwork, you managed to recycle 66% more than last Challenge, congratulations everyone!” 

    The purpose of the OSBRC is to teach children and their families about the proper way to handle and store batteries in the home and how to recycle them. Schools compete against each other for a share of a provincial prize pool, and they also work together to try to recycle as many batteries as they consume in a year. 

    “This year, OSBRC students recycled an average of 0.90 kilograms each, edging closer to the group’s pledge goal to recycle 1.36 kilograms each,” said James Ewles, President of Raw Materials Company. “1.36 kilograms is what the average Canadian household accumulates in a year, so that achievement is very significant.”

    Ontario’s recycling rate for single-use batteries has climbed significantly over the past several years. In 2017, the Province recycled 50% of what was available, making it one of the fastest growing recycling programs in the world for this material type. 

    “The OSBRC is helping to raise awareness for this common household waste that needs to be managed responsibly and these student ambassadors are a major contributor to that growing awareness,” said Ewles. “We’re very proud of them.”

    A portion of the OSBRC prize pool is reserved for the SickKids Foundation and will be donated to the Foundation on behalf of all participants on June 20th, 2018

    Since 2015, students and teachers participating in the OSBRC have recycled more than 5.5 million batteries. The alkaline batteries recycled during the Challenge were processed at Raw Materials Company using its patented recycling technology. 100% of each alkaline battery is reused and nothing is sent to the landfill. Recycling displaces the need to mine for the equivalent amount of raw materials from ore, a major cause of green-house gas emissions. 

    Funding for the transportation and recycling of the batteries was provided through the Stewardship OntarioOrange Drop program. To learn more about the Ontario Schools Battery Recycling Challenge, please visit www.rawmaterials.com.

    About Raw Materials Company:
    Raw Materials Company is the industry leading battery recycling company whose process achieves the highest recovery and recycling rate in North America. RMC was established in 1985 and employs 50 people in the community of Port Colborne, Ontario. RMC is an approved transporter and processor under the Stewardship Ontario Battery Incentive Program.

     


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    Student representatives from the Ontario Schools Battery Recycling Challenge make a donation to the SickKids Foundation on behalf of all OSBRC students!

    Toronto, ON– On June 20th, a small group of student representatives from the Ontario Schools Battery Recycling Challenge (OSBRC), travelled to The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto to make a donation to SickKids Foundation

    This year, approximately 65,000 students and teachers took part in the Ontario School Battery Recycling Challenge and together they recycled more than 2.5 million household batteries, diverting harmful chemicals and reusable materials from Ontario landfills. A provincial prize pool awards the top three schools, and 10% of the prize pool reserved for SickKids Foundation. Since 2015, OSBRC participants have raised more than $7,800 for SickKids.

    “We are incredibly grateful for the generous support and continued leadership of students participating in the Ontario Schools Battery Recycling Challenge,” said Brianne Fodey, Associate, Community Events, SickKids Foundation. “The funds they raised will contribute to our SickKids VS Limits campaign to build a renewed, re-imagined SickKids with cutting-edge operating suites, more room for families and more room for the innovative technologies that will deliver better outcomes for kids.”

    The OSBRC is a provincial battery recycling competition between elementary and secondary schools administered by Raw Materials Company, a recycling facility for single-use batteries located in the City of Port Colborne. The aim of the Challenge is to teach students and their families how to properly handle and store batteries and how to prepare them for recycling. The OSBRC provides free resources for teachers and there is no cost for a school to participate.

    Since the program started in 2014, students participating in the OSBRC have recycled more that 5.5 million single-use batteries. Most of those batteries are alkaline and are processed by Raw Materials Company using its patented recycling technology. 100% of each alkaline battery is recovered and reused, with no part of the battery going to the landfill. 

    “This year, OSBRC students recycled 0.90 kilograms each, edging closer to the group’s pledge goal to recycle 1.36 kilograms each,” said James Ewles, President of Raw Materials Company. “1.36 kilograms is what the average Canadian household accumulates in a year, so that achievement is very significant.”

    Ontario’s recycling rate for single-use batteries has climbed significantly over the past several years. In 2017, the Province recycled 50% of what was available, making it one of the fastest growing recycling programs in the world for this material type. 

    “The OSBRC is helping to raise awareness for this common household waste that needs to be managed responsibly and these student ambassadors are a major contributor to that growing awareness,” said Ewles. “We’re very proud of them.”

    Elementary and secondary schools in the Province of Ontario are eligible to participate in the Challenge. Registration begins in September and the Challenge officially launches during Waste Reduction Week in October. For more information, please visit www.rawmaterials.com

    The Ontario Battery Recycling Challenge is made possible by the Stewardship OntarioOrange Drop program and funded by the Battery Manufacturers.


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    The City of Guelph asks residents to recycle their single-use batteries in a bag placed beside the blue cart during the collection week.

    Port Colborne, ON – This fall, dozens of communities across Ontario will take part in a curbside collection to recycle single-use household batteries. The bi-annual program is a partnership between 62 Ontario municipalities, Raw Materials Company and Stewardship Ontario and is funded by the battery manufacturers. The program has helped Ontario residents recycle hundreds of metric tonnes of batteries at the curbside each year, diverting harmful chemicals and reusable materials from Ontario landfills. 

    After each collection, the batteries are transported to Raw Materials Company in Port Colborne, Ontario where they are sorted by chemistry. A diligent sort is required because different chemistries are recycled using different technologies, and the contents of each are reused in different secondary applications. Raw Materials Company processes all of the alkaline batteries at its ISO 14001 recycling facility using its patented recycling technology that recovers 100% of each alkaline battery for reuse. 

    Zinc, manganese and potassium account for approximately 60% of a typical alkaline battery. Those materials are recovered and refined to create micro-nutrients that are used in fertilizers to promote crop growth. The outer casing of the battery, approximately 25%, is made of steel and nickel and is reused as feedstock to manufacture new steel. 

    “The recovery and reuse of these materials has effectively displaced the need to mine and refine the equivalent amount of resources from ore which has contributed to a significant reduction in green-house-gas emissions over the years,” said Cory Graper of Raw Materials Company.

    The remaining 15%, a combination of paper and plastic, is sent to an energy from waste facility where it is used as fuel to create electricity. The electricity produced from that paper and plastic is enough to power 80% of the entire recycling process. 

    “This is one recycling program that hasn’t been impacted by China’s ban on foreign waste. These batteries were bought and used in Ontario and it makes sense that Ontario benefits from the collection and reclamation of the resources they contain,” said Graper. “The whole process from the collection and transportation to the recycling, reprocessing and ultimately the reuse of those materials in secondary applications, all contribute to Ontario’s circular economy.” 

    Ontario’s collection rate for single-use batteries has climbed significantly over the last 5 years. In 2017, the Province collected 50% of the batteries sold, one of the highest collection rates in the world for this material type. The vast majority of these batteries are still land filled in most states and provinces through out North America. 

    Curbside battery collections will run in a number of Ontario communities throughout the months of October and November. 

    “Not all communities are participating in this program, so please check with your municipality before you put your batteries out to the curb,” said Graper.

    Raw Materials Company is an industry leading battery-recycling company. Established in 1985, RMC employs 50 people in the community of Port Colborne, Ontario. RMC is an approved transporter and processor under the Stewardship Ontario Battery Incentive Program which is funded by the battery manufacturers. 

     


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    Port Colborne, ON– It was another successful growing season at the Lockview Park Community Garden in support of the Port Cares Reach Out Food Centre. In its second year, the volunteer run garden added 1,546 pounds of fresh produce to the Food Bank’s pantry.

    “We would like to thank all of the volunteers that dedicated their evenings and weekends to support our local Food Bank,” said Wayne Elliott, Founder of Marine Recycling Corporation, Raw Materials Company and Iron Earth Canada. “Without them, this wouldn’t have been possible.”

    In a typical month the Reach Out Food Centre goes through approximately 6,750 kilograms of food, including 450 kilograms of fresh produce. The Food Bank supports 600 people, approximately 200 of which are children under the age of 18.

    “The Lockview Park Community Garden initiative brings together those who have a passion for gardening and giving back to the community through volunteerism by providing the site and opportunity to dig in, grow and share in the interest of continuing food security efforts to help support the foodbank and community meal program services offered through the Port Cares Reach Out Centre," said Amanda Upper, Site Supervisor at the Reach Out Food Centre. "This season brought in a total harvest of 1,546.9 pounds of beautiful, fresh produce from the Lockview Park gardens, allowing foodbank clients to select from a various assortment of these fresh, healthy foods.”

    This year, the team of volunteers planted a wide variety of vegetables including, lettuce, kale, onions, carrots, tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, beans, radishes and swiss chard.

    “It was a perfect growing season,” said Sarah Lacharity of Iron Earth Canada. “There were periods

    during the summer months where we had to harvest every other night of the week. We hope that our friends and neighbours enjoyed the variety this year.”

    The garden initiative is sponsored by local businesses including, Iron Earth Canada, Tender Cuts, Marine Recycling Corporation, Raw Materials Company and the City of Port Colborne. The garden has eight raised garden beds for vegetables and another three beds used for herbs and spices.

    “I imagine a future Lockview Park with the existing community garden and a small orchard of mixed fruit trees, a grove of nut trees, a thicket of berry bushes, a greenhouse and in the centre of the park, an education area and community gathering spot,” said Councillor Angie Desmarais of Ward 2 in Port Colborne, where the park is located. “This could be a place where people gather to plant their own gardens or help tend plantings for charitable uses. Schools, churches and service clubs could use the park to share gardening knowledge and food uses. The park could be returned to the residents and be a true community hub.”

    After the final harvest, volunteers added Iron Earth’s soil re-mineralizer to each of the plots to prepare them for next season. The all-natural soil conditioner rejuvenates mineral deficient soil, giving vegetables a healthy boost of minerals and essential nutrients.

    Organizers at the garden are hoping to expand the site next year by adding more raised beds. Anyone wishing to secure a plot for next season or volunteer, can contact Sarah Lacharity at 905-835-1203.

    The Port Cares Reach Out Centre serves the communities of Port Colborne and Wainfleet and is open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. at 61 Nickel Street in Port Colborne. The office is also open Monday to Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. to receive donations.