Canyon-Lister Elementary School students have been collecting batteries.

Canyon-Lister Elementary School students have been collecting batteries.

Canyon-Lister Elementary School Be the Change group collects batteries to reclaim zinc

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The Canyon-Lister Elementary School Be the Change group collected 954 batteries of all varieties throughout the month of February. The children learned that recycling batteries saves our environment and it saves lives.

Batteries contain toxic material. If batteries are disposed of in the garbage, landfills are “poisoned”. This poison leaches into the groundwater and drains out to connecting water sources, including rivers and lakes. Animals and fish become poisoned; birds eat the fish and the cycle goes on.

Recycling batteries also means saving lives. The Call 2 Recycle company that provided a drop-off box will recycle the batteries and send the reclaimed zinc overseas to children suffering from zinc deficiency.

Did you know that 2 billion people worldwide suffer from zinc deficiency? It has become a global health concern. Did you know that the zinc recovered from one AA battery saves the lives of six children?

The CLES students’ 954 batteries will save approximately 5,300 children’s lives. Be the change!

—CANYON-LISTER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL