February 7, 2005

BC used oil recycling program adds 125 new collection sites

VICTORIA, BC-An additional 125 new collection sites have been added to British Columbia's used oil recycling program, Water Land and Air Protection Minister Bill Barisoff announced recently. This brings to over 500 the number of locations where BC residents can drop off used oil, oil filters and containers at no charge. These products are then sent to approved facilities for recycling. Six of the new collection sites are in the Okanagan valley communities of Penticton, Oliver, Osoyoos and Okanagan Falls. The rapid expansion is attributed to a concentrated expansion campaign by the BC Used Oil Management Association (BCUOMA), a non-profit, industry-led organization responsible for running the program. Funded through an environmental handling charge on purchases of new oil, filters and plastic containers, the program collected more than 33 million litres of used oil, 3.6 million oil filters and 763,000 kilograms of plastic oil containers. More information, including a full list of collection sites, is available on-line at www.usedoilrecycling.com.

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