Canyon-Lister Elementary School’s Be the Change group.

Canyon-Lister Elementary School’s Be the Change group collecting batteries

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Canyon-Lister Elementary School’s Be the Change group is asking students, families and community members to join its efforts to save the environment and lives by collecting household batteries all through the month of February. This includes AA, 9V, D, C, rechargeables, button and cellphone batteries.

Through Feb. 28, batteries — which must have their terminals taped over — can be dropped off in the Call 2 Recycle box located in the school’s foyer.

Did you know that the amount of batteries discarded each year in the United States alone would circle the Earth’s circumference six times? In Canada enough batteries are thrown away to fill seven school buses each year.

Did you know that each AA battery contains the amount of zinc needed to save the lives of six children? Zinc deficiency is a global health challenge — two billion people worldwide are affected and nearly 450,000 children die each year from complications associated with zinc deficiency.

Did you know that recycling batteries prevents chemicals from leaching into our water, soil and air? Recycled batteries are made into new products including stainless steel products, new batteries, toys, phones and so much more!

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