The British Columbia Used Oil Management Association (BCUOMA) is a not-for-profit group dedicated to the collection and recycling of lubricating oil, oil filters, oil containers, antifreeze and antifreeze containers in BC. We’re a collaboration of manufacturers and first sellers of all the previously mentioned products. Our goal is to provide British Columbians with an eco-friendly and cost-effective way to dispose of these materials.
Each year, approximately 50 million litres of oil and 3 million liters of antifreeze are collected and responsibly managed through the BCUOMA program.
Funding the BCUOMA Program
An Environmental Handling Fee funds the BCUOMA program. This fee is not a government tax, but a charge paid by the first seller which funds the collection of used oil, oil filters, oil and antifreeze containers and used antifreeze at approximately 500 public collection facilities and over 4,000 generators across the province.
Often, this fee is passed down to the retailer and consumer. For example, the Environmental Handling Fee for an oil change on a standard car should be no more than $1.25 to $1.50. Should charges appear higher, we encourage you to ask your service centre for clarification.
Where Used Oil Goes
Used oil collected through the program (47 million litres in 2017) is re-refined into new lubricating oil or processed for use in pulp mills, cement plants and in asphalt plants. Oil filters are crushed and taken to a steel mill to manufacture reinforcing steel, while plastic oil and antifreeze containers are recycled into new oil containers, drainage tiles and parking curbs. As of 2011, used antifreeze can now be refined and reused as new antifreeze.