June 14, 2004

Manitoba adds six new depots for collection of used oil, filters, containers

Six Canadian Tire locations in Winnipeg will be added to the list of collection depots throughout Manitoba for used oil, oil filters and containers. The new outlets join 64 other government-licensed collection depots, including Garden City Wal-Mart, A-1 Environmental Services, Miller Environmental, WRS Environmental and Enviro West.

"The new depots increase access for Winnipeg and area residents to an environmentally safe place to deposit used oil, used oil filters and containers. We congratulate the Manitoba Association for Resource Recovery Corp (MARRC) and Canadian Tire for opening the new depots," said Conservation Minister Stan Struthers.

MARRC, a non-profit corporation set up by Manitoba manufacturers and marketers of lubricating products, has developed and operates a province-wide, sustainable, user-financed stewardship program for used oil, filters and containers. Industry members contribute to the program on the basis of product sales, paying five cents per litre of oil, five cents per litre container and 50 cents or $1 per oil filter.

Since its establishment in 1997, the MARRC has significantly increased the recycling rate for lubricating products recycled in Manitoba. In 2003:

*11.9 million litres of used oil were properly managed, out of 15 million litres that could have been recycled;

*used oil collection has doubled;

*1.51 million oil filters have been recycled, out of 1.95 million sold; and

*220 tonnes of oil containers have been collected and recycled, with the plastic used to make plastic lumber.

"MARRC supports the operation of depots across the province from Thompson to Waskada and efforts are underway to expand the recovery of used lubricating products from more remote parts of Manitoba," said MARCC executive director Ron Benson. MARRC will shortly be launching the Eco-Summer promotion to encourage Manitobans to recycle oil, oil filters and containers.

More information on the MARRC program is available on the oil recycling Web site, www.usedoilrecycling.com.

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