President and CEO Don Lindsay and Asfiya Azeez, a Grade 8 student who collected more than 3,000 batteries, revealed onstage the total number of batteries collected as a part of Teck’s Zinc Saves Lives Battery Recycling Campaign to date—more than 2.6 milli

The Power of Zinc

On September 19, WE Day’s new season kicked off with 20,000 young people at Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena, where Teck relaunched the Zinc Saves Lives Battery Recycling Campaign.

Zinc deficiency remains a global health challenge—1.2 billion people worldwide are affected and hundreds of thousands of children die every year from complications associated with zinc deficiency. By comparison, every AA battery contains the same amount of zinc that can help save the lives of six children.

First launched in 2014, Teck’s Zinc Saves Lives Battery Recycling Campaign provides participants with the opportunity to recycle used batteries and to help save the lives of children. Through the campaign, for every AA battery recycled, Teck donates the value of zinc recycled to WE in support of zinc and health programming in Kenya.

Students pose in Teck’s Zinc Saves Lives photo booth at the event.

To learn more about the campaign and Teck’s Zinc & Health program, visit