Upgraded used oil recycling facility now open in West Chilcotin, B.C.
BC Used Oil Management Association and Cariboo Regional District using sea containers for oil recycling infrastructure
Improved used oil recycling facilities provide an easy, free and environmentally-friendly way for communities to dispose of materials. BC Used Oil Management Association ("BCUOMA"), a not-for-profit group dedicated to the collection and recycling of lubricating oil, oil filters, oil containers, antifreeze and antifreeze containers in British Columbia, has announced that the Cariboo Regional District has upgraded their used oil recycling facility located at the West Chilcotin Landfill - 21731 Chilcotin Hwy 20, West Chilcotin. This new facility will provide the residents in the surrounding areas, with an easy, free and eco-friendly way to dispose of their used oil and antifreeze materials.
The Return Collection Facility (RCF) infrastructure grant that the Cariboo Regional District received from BCUOMA provided them with a modified sea container to facilitate the responsible collection and management of used oil, antifreeze, filters and containers.
BCUOMA's RCF infrastructure grant program's purpose is to ensure that there are sufficient RCFs across British Columbia for DIY consumers to take back their used oil and antifreeze materials for processing at no charge to consumers. The program also requires the responsible environmental handling, collection, transportation, storage, processing and disposal of used oil and antifreeze material using economic, efficient and environmentally acceptable options.
BCUOMA continues to look for opportunities to upgrade and improve recycling facility locations across the province in order to provide British Columbians with greater accessibility to convenient and free used oil recycling centres. BCUOMA has also created more signage at BC used oil recycling centres that explains how easy it is to recycle materials properly. Municipalities, private businesses, nonprofit organizations, and other sectors interested in BCUOMA's RCF new infrastructure grants can find out more information at http://bcusedoil.com/recycling-collection-facility/.
"BC used oilrRecycling centres are extremely easy to use and convenient for the public, and we hope to continue to see an increase in the number of British Columbians returning their used oil and antifreeze materials at these free recycling facilities," said David Lawes, Executive Director, BC Used Oil Management Association. "It has been great working with the Cariboo Regional District, and we are happy to see their improved used oil recycling facility open to their community."
Used oil is a valuable resource and there is a market for used oil. If it is disposed of at a BC used oil recycling centre, it can be recovered and re-used. Used oil can be re-refined into new lubricating oil and used as a fuel in pulp mills, cement plants and asphalt plants. Any vehicle maintenance facilities, automobile owners, and other machinery maintenance operations that use oil also can use re-refined oil.
Additionally, used oil filters contain reusable scrap metal, which steel producers can reuse for metal products like rebar, nails and wire. Used antifreeze can be reprocessed to produce new automotive antifreeze. Plastic oil and antifreeze containers can be recycled into new oil containers, flowerpots, pipe, guardrails, and patio furniture.
Each year, approximately 50 million litres of oil, and 3 million liters of antifreeze are collected and responsibly managed through the approximately 300 public collection facilities and over 4,000 generators across the province, which are managed by the BCUOMA program.
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