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Used-oil recycling program to go national (January 18, 2005)

Edmonton, AB -- Five provincial used-oil materials recycling associations have extended their cooperation to form t...


Edmonton, AB — Five provincial used-oil materials recycling associations have extended their cooperation to form the National Used Oil Material Advisory Council (NUOMAC).

The new organization will coordinate the Canada-wide used-oil recycling effort and encourage consistent national standards for the industry-led stewardship recycling program. Materials targeted include used oil, used oil filters and used plastic oil containers.

“Used oil is the largest single source of hazardous recyclable waste material in Canada and must be disposed of properly,” says David Dingle of Imperial Oil Products and Chemicals Division, the chair of NUOMAC.

“Since the first program was launched in 1997, this recycling model has gained acceptance throughout western Canada and now Quebec. Our goal is to have fully integrated programs in all provinces and territories of Canada.”

The five non-profit associations are: Quebec’s Socit de gestion des huiles usages (SOGHU); the Manitoba Association for Resource Recovery Corp.; the Saskatchewan Association for Resource Recovery Corp.; the Alberta Used Oil Management Association; and the British Columbia Used Oil Management Association.

In 1988, the Canadian Petroleum Products Institute (CPPI) commissioned a task force on used oil materials recycling at the request of the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME). The result was the development of a government approved, industry-led, used oil materials recycling program model that has been acknowledged worldwide as working environmentally friendly and economical.

Under the program, a network of return collection points is established. The program is funded by an environmental handling charge (EHC) remitted by all wholesale suppliers (first sellers) on lubricating products including filters and plastic containers. The EHC is remitted to the associations in the provinces in which the wholesaler does business. A return incentive is then paid to private sector collectors and processors to pick-up and deliver to government-approved recycling facilities where the materials are processed into new products.

Each year, about 32 million litres of used lubricating oil (about the equivalent of one supertanker), along with 2.18 million oil filters and 3.33 million kilograms of plastic oil containers are improperly discarded.

Used oil can be re-refined into lube oil, other petroleum products and used for energy recovery. Used filters contain 85% recyclable metal that becomes, among other things, steel rebar used in construction. Used oil containers are recycled into new oil containers, fence posts, curb stops and other products.

For further information, visit: www.usedoilrecycling.com, or contact Gilles Goddard, executive director, SOGHU, at 514-284-9248 or by e-mail at soghu@soghu.ca.