BUCOMA awards 'Top Collectors' of used oil and antifreeze in B.C.
BC Used Oil Management Association (BCUOMA), the 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 launched a new recognition program for registered Return Collection Facilities (RCFs) as a way of honouring, on an annual basis, the ‘Top Collectors' of used oil and/or antifreeze materials. 30 RCFs across the province received ‘Top Collector' awards for 2019.
"We are extremely proud of these 30 BC used oil recycling facilities that received the ‘Top Collector' award. They all took the necessary steps to ensure that their used oil recycling infrastructures are easy to use, convenient and environmentally friendly. Many of the organizations applied for and received RCF infrastructure grants, which provided them with modified sea containers to facilitate the responsible collection and management of used oil, antifreeze, filters and containers" said David Lawes, Executive Director, BC Used Oil Management Association. "We launched the ‘Top Collectors' recognition program to thank the dedicated RCF operators for participating in our program, and to create enthusiasm amongst the RCF staff for doing what can sometimes be a messy job."
BCUOMA's criteria for being an RCF ‘Top Collector' include:
- total amount of used oil, oil filters, oil containers, antifreeze and antifreeze containers collected at the location
- total number of years participating in BCUOMA's RCF Program
- demonstration of continued support of BCUOMA and other recycling stewardship related programs.
The 30 BC RCFs who received ‘Top Collector' recognition from BCUOMA for 2019 are:
Ridge Meadows Recycling Society
Jepson Petroleum Ltd. (Williams Lake)
Petro Canada (Prince Rupert - Marina)
Bings Creek Recycling Centre
Jepson Petroleum Ltd. (Quesnel)
Desert Cardlock Fuel Services Ltd (Kamloops)
Mission Recycling Depot
Mr. Lube #159 (Coquitlam)
100 Mile House
Castle Fuels (2008) Inc. (100 Mile House)
Hallmark Ford Sales Ltd
Castle Fuels (2008) Inc. (Kamloops)
Great Canadian Oil Change (Kelowna)
Interior Freight & Bottle Depot Ltd.
Petro Canada (Terrace)
Ernie's Used Auto Parts
Lower Nicola Eco-Depot (TNRD)
Parksville Bottle and Recycling Depot
Foothills Boulevard Regional Landfill
Semiahmoo Bottle Depot
Great Canadian Oil Change (Langley)
Chilliwack Bottle Depot
District of Summerland Landfill
Comox Valley Waste Management Centre (Cumberland)
Desert Cardlock Fuel Services Ltd (Kelowna)
Mobil 1 Lube Express - Langley 64 Ave
Columbia Fuels (Sechelt)
Fort St. John
Fort St John Co-op Association - 100 Ave
Peerless Road Recycling Centre
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 https://bcusedoil.com/infrastructure-grants/.
Used oil is a valuable resource and there is a market for used oil. If it is recycled 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 litres 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.