Finding out where to take used oil, containers and filters is just a click away One in a million can contaminate
One drop of oil.
One million drops of water.
The smaller can contaminate the larger. That’s one of the reasons Amy Cheung and Linnaea Wiseman were in Prince George on Tuesday. As ambassadors for the B.C. Used Oil Management Association, they visited the collection facilities in the city to help educate the public and the professionals in recycling used oil and containers.
“We’ve already done 15 of the 17 facilities in Prince George,” Wiseman said as they wrapped up their visit to Mr. Quick Lube and Oil on George Street. “The city has a lot of facilities, mainly because this is a centre for people to come to from outlying areas.”
Since the program started in 2003, Cheung said, there has been an increase in recovery rates across the province.
“Used motor oil recovery was 60 per cent in 2003, now it’s 70. Used oil filters were 18 per cent, now they’re 84. Used oil containers were 12 per cent, now they’re 63.
“The biggest thing we’re trying to do on this trip is to educate the public about recycling oil and containers, and raise awareness about the program.”
Wiseman said they had found a couple of different concerns on their trip.
“One of the biggest obstacles consumers say they have is a lack of knowledge about the program and where to take their used oil and containers.
“One of the problems for businesses is customers leaving stuff after hours. If you are going to be taking your oil back, check and find out when the store is open.”
The oil recovery program is funded by an environmental handling charge at the point of sale on new oil, oil containers and oil filters.
Cheung says finding the nearest local facility is quite simple.
“Go to www.usedoilrecycling.com, click on B.C., then enter your postal code. It will show you the 10 closest sites for your area.”