October 10, 2005

Quebec used oil management agency progresses toward 75% recovery goal

MONTREAL, QUE-In less than a year of operation, Quebec's Used Oil Management Corporation (SOGHU, la Société de Gestion des Huiles Usagées) has worked diligently to establish a province-wide program for collection and reclamation of used oil, oil containers and oil filters. The efforts of its partners have put the program well on the way to meeting or even surpassing its 2008 target of recovering 75% of these materials, noted Carol Montreuil, head of SOGHU's board of directors. SOGHU's partners, including RECYC-Québec (the provincial agency responsible for recycling programs), the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks, brand owners and principal importers of oil and oil filters, have been working to put in place a network of more than 350 collection depots throughout the province and to conduct public information and awareness campaigns to promote the stewardship program. SOGHU, which formally began operation in December 2004, is a not-for-profit agency with approximately 175 members. The group estimates that its recovery and reclamation program will divert some 30 million litres of used oil, 2,200 tonnes of plastic used to make the oil containers and nine million oil filters from disposal. Although its first formal progress report is not dut until the spring of 2006, SOGHU says there has already been a notable improvement in recovery of these materials, in particular oil filters. More information is available from Gilles Goddard at SOGHU, 450/447-9996, E-mail gillesgoddard@soghu.ca, Web site www.soghu.com.

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