BC Used Oil Management Association announced seven used oil recycling facilities across BC have been upgraded with new environmentally safe infrastructure, including one in Prince George.

Vanway Regional Transfer Station, located on Broddy Road will be receiving the upgrade locally.

“The Return Collection Facility infrastructure grants that businesses and municipalities received from BCUOMA provided them with a 10 foot or 20 foot modified sea container, and 1,100 – 2,200-liter tanks. These new and upgraded used oil recycling facilities will ensure the responsible collection and management of used oil, antifreeze, filters, and containers,” said David Lawes, CEO, BC Used Oil Management Association.

“We are dedicated to providing British Columbians with environmentally safe, free to use, and convenient RCFs.”

The RCF infrastructure grant program that BCUOMA provides requires responsible environmental handling, collection, transportation, storage, processing, and recycling 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 reasonable access to convenient and free used oil recycling centers.

BCUOMA has created signage for BC used oil recycling centers which explains how easy it is to recycle materials properly.

“Used oil is a valuable resource and if it is recycled at one of BCUOMA’s dedicated RCFs, it can be recovered and re-refined into new lubricating oil. 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 recycle metal products like rebar, nails, and wire,” said Lawes.

“Used antifreeze is reprocessed to produce new automotive antifreeze. Plastic oil and antifreeze containers are recycled into new oil containers, flower pots, pipe, guardrails, and patio furniture,” Lawes continued.

Each year, approximately 50 million liters 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.

In 2019, BCUOMA collected more than 51 million liters of used oil which was the highest total amount in the program’s history.

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