Summerland students recycle used batteries

Two billion people around the world cope with zinc deficiency, and the mortality rates are high

Me to We Club students at Summerland Secondary School are searching for your used batteries.

Why exactly would teens need dead batteries? The reason is the power they can hold, not just the power to work the remote, but to save lives.

Batteries rely on the reaction between zinc and manganese dioxide to function. Zinc also happens to be crucial in our diets.

Many people around the world aren’t able to get enough of this micronutrient, though it is essential for the body’s growth and development.

Zinc deficiency can weaken the immune system and cause diarrhea.

Two billion people around the world have to cope with zinc deficiency, and the mortality rates are high. The most impacted places are developing countries that don’t have the resources to fix these problems.

The community drive will run Jan. 10 to 24. The Facebook Summerland Zinc Saves Lives event page is up and has more information.

Keep an eye out for posters in Summerland, and advertising through various Facebook groups.

Schools will have boxes for students to bring in donations and there may be some friendly competition between classes. The main drop off location will be in the office of the Summerland Review.

The students will be tracking donations through the Zinc Saves Lives Battery Recycling Campaign. Companies involved are Teck,WE Charity and Call2Recycle, along with many students around the nation.

Vancouver-based company Teck is committed to mining responsibly. They have multiple campaigns focused on sustainable resources and are known to be one of the world’s largest zinc producers. This makes them a great place to advocate and solve problems involving zinc and our health.

For every battery recycled, Teck will donate the equivalent value of the zinc recycled to WE in support of their zinc and health program in WE villages in Kenya.

After collection, the batteries will be shipped to a sorting facility to be separated, and usable chemicals will be taken for new products.

Most importantly, all of the recycling will happen in North America, keeping this waste out of landfills.

This campaign is a reminder that doing good isn’t difficult. Students urge you to think about what you are throwing away, because a lot of the waste in landfills can be avoided.

Even after this drive is over, the club encourages Summerlanders to recycle their batteries at one of the many Call2Recycle locations found on their website.

As the new year comes around, one often hears “out with old, in with the new,” so keep this in mind, when replacing the batteries in the various objects around the house, save the old, and think of the ways to instead use these dead batteries for the lives of others.

Remember that one AA battery could save the lives of six children, instead of sitting at the landfill.

The club will be accepting single use household batteries such as AA batteries, AAA batteries, and rechargeables.

Please contact the club if you have different sizes and types than these batteries. If you have damaged or corroded batteries, please put them in a separate bag.

If you have any further questions about this campaign, please contact Kaitlyn Nightingale at

There is also more information on the companies involved, the impacts of Zinc, and how the problem is being solved at

Just Posted

Candidates ready for Summerland Blossom Pageant

Royalty pageant will be held at Centre Stage Theatre on May 3 and 4

Funds presented for Growing Woman’s Health Campaign

Summerland Shoppers Drug Mart presents cheque for event held last autumn

Penticton adventure park hosting Easter Fun Day and Egg Hunt

LocoLanding Adventure Park is hosting the ninth annual Easter Fun Day and Egg Hunt Monday.

Summerland reservoirs expected to fill, despite low snow levels

Snow measurements at two Summerland sites have been significantly lower than normal

VIDEO: Weekend weather for the Okanagan-Shuswap

A mix of rain, clouds and sun are expected for the Okanagan, Shuswap and Similkameen

VIDEO: Alberta man creates world’s biggest caricature

Dean Foster is trying to break the world record for a radio show contest

Truck crashed and dumped near Predator Ridge

Police are looking for two men in connection with a stolen vehicle

Man seriously injured after driving wrong way down B.C. highway

Police say the driver hit a transport truck, then another car after merging from the off-ramp onto highway

Shuswap society finds pets often suffer in domestic abuse cases

SPCA, SAFE Society working together to provide shelter for pets of women fleeing abuse

Salt and Brick chef to compete in Canada’s Great Kitchen Party

Chef James Holmes will compete in the fall competition

Should B.C. lower speed limits on side roads to 30 km/h?

Vancouver city councillor wants to decrease speed limits along neighbourhood side roads

Give Canada geese at Okanagan beaches a break

LETTER: Tour busses, full of photographers, local goose guides and an annual goose festival

Lawsuit eyed over union-only raise for B.C. community care workers

‘Low-wage redress’ leaves 17,000 employees out, employers say

Landlord of alleged Okanagan shooter recounts deadly day

Tony Friesen was working in one of the units of his Penticton building when he heard shots

Most Read