Fort St. John, Nanaimo and Osoyoos latest in B.C. to receive used oil recycling upgrades
BC Used Oil Management Association (BCUOMA) has announced that two Fort St. John Co-operative Association facilities have received grants that provide each of them with a 20-foot modified sea container and a 2,200-litre tank, and MTB Auto in Nanaimo, B.C. on Vancouver Island, has also been upgraded with a 10-foot modified sea container setup. In Southern B.C., the town of Osoyoos has also been updated.
The new, upgraded public recycling centres in Fort St. John will provide residents of the Northern B.C. community with easy, free and eco-friendly systems to return their used oil and antifreeze materials.
"Fort St. John Co-op Association recently won a 2020 Top Collector Award that acknowledged their on-going support of BCUOMA. They continue to show their dedication to their community and our stewardship by upgrading their facilities in order to make it even easier and more convenient for their customers to return their used oil and antifreeze products," said David Lawes, CEO of the BC Used Oil Management Association. "It is a pleasure working with such a professional and committed organization."
The BCUOMA also recently announced that MTB Auto, located in Nanaimo, B.C., has received a grant that provided them with a 10-foot modified sea container and a 1,100-litre tank. This upgraded public recycling centre will provide the residents of Nanaimo and the surrounding areas with an easy, free and eco-friendly system to return their used oil and antifreeze materials.
"The upgraded used oil recycling depot at MTB Auto is another great example of a B.C. business stepping up to ensure that their customers have access to a safe and convenient facility to return their used oil and antifreeze products," said David Lawes, CEO, BC Used Oil Management Association. "Many British Columbians change their own oil and they require an easily accessible used oil return facility. It is wonderful to see MTB Auto understanding what their customers need and providing them with a top-notch used oil recycling depot."
"Our team is always looking for new ways to support our community, and the brand new tank and sea container that we received from BCUOMA ensures that our customers have an eco-friendly and free depot to return their used oil products," said Tanya Balatti, co-owner of MTB Auto. "We have been proud BCUOMA program members since 2003."
In the B.C. southern interior, the Town of Osoyoos Sanitary Landfill, has also received a grant from BCUOMA that provided them with a 20-foot modified sea container and a 2,200-litre tank. This upgraded public recycling centre will provide the residents of Osoyoos and the surrounding areas with an easy, free and eco-friendly system to return their used oil and antifreeze materials.
"The Town of Osoyoos Sanitary Landfill recently received a 2020 Long Time Service Award for being a dedicated BCUOMA member since 2003. With the installation of this new infrastructure they show their continued commitment to ensuring residents have access to a safe and environmentally friendly facility where they can return their used oil and antifreeze products," said David Lawes, CEO, BC Used Oil Management Association. "In addition, there are many part-time summer residents who work on their recreational vehicles and boats, and change their oil themselves. Having a convenient and free public recycling centre makes it easy for everyone to return their used oil products."
According to BCUOMA, used oil is a valuable resource and if it is recycled at one of their dedicated public recycling centres, it can be recovered and re-used. Used oil can be re-refined into new lubricating oil or sold as raw material inputs for manufacturing or energy products. Additionally, used oil filters contain metal, which is recycled into metal products like rebar, nails and wire. Used oil and antifreeze containers are recycled and used to manufacture new oil containers, drainage tiles, and parking curbs. Used antifreeze is refined and reused as new automotive antifreeze.
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