What’s BC Used Oil all about?
The BC Used Oil Management Association (BCUOMA) is a collaborative, not-for-profit group assisted by oil and antifreeze manufacturers and first sellers of those same automotive products and parts. Our entire reason for being is to collect and recycle used lubricating oil, oil filters, oil containers, used antifreeze and antifreeze containers.
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 litres of antifreeze are collected and responsibly managed through the BCUOMA program.
Saving the environment is free
Our vast network of recycling centres are free and open to the public. That means both motor oil and antifreeze related products are accepted for recycling at no cost to you. That’s right—treating the environment with respect is absolutely free, and now, it’s even easier.
To find a location near you, click on Find a Recycling Centre in the top right hand corner of the page. Results will include a map, accepted materials by location and even driving directions so you won’t get lost. Did we mention it’s free?
What Happens to Used Oil?
Used oil can be 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 create reinforcing steel, while plastic oil and antifreeze containers are recycled into new oil containers, drainage tiles, and parking curbs. And, as of 2011, used antifreeze can now be refined and reused as new antifreeze.
Who funds the program?
An Environmental Handling Fee or EHC funds the recycling program. This fee is not a government tax, but a charge paid by the first seller to help collect used oil, oil filters, oil, and antifreeze containers and used antifreeze from our network of public collection facilities and generators around the province.
Often, this fee is passed down from the retailer to the consumer and will be noted on your receipt or invoice. 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 the service centre for clarification.
If you still have questions, we still have answers. Please read through our FAQs below.