The used oil facility at Bevan Road in Cumberland. Photo supplied

The used oil facility at Bevan Road in Cumberland. Photo supplied

BCUOMA expands oil recycling on north part of Vancouver Island

Program collects about 50 million litres of oil and 3 million litres of antifreeze in B.C. a year

  • Dec. 16, 2019 6:30 a.m.

BC Used Oil Management Association (BCUOMA), a not-for-profit group dedicated to the collection and recycling of lubricating oil, oil filters, oil containers, antifreeze and antifreeze containers in British Columbia, announced Dec. 10 that Cortes Island, Denman Island, Sayward, Cumberland, Campbell River and the Village of Port Alice all received upgraded used oil recycling facilities.

These newly installed infrastructures will provide the residents of these locations with an easy, free and eco-friendly way to recycle their used oil and antifreeze materials. The Return Collection Facility (RCF) infrastructure grants that Comox Strathcona Waste Management and the Village of Port Alice received from BCUOMA provide them with modified sea containers to facilitate the responsible collection and management of used oil, antifreeze, filters and containers at a number of locations.

“It is fantastic to see all of these locations with upgraded used oil recycling facilities. The new infrastructure is very convenient as it allows residents to conveniently recycle their used oil and anti-freeze materials themselves,” David Lawes, BCUOMA executive director, said in a news release. “These upgraded facilities are also free, environmentally friendly, and easy to use.”

BCUOMA’s RCF infrastructure grant program’s purpose is to ensure there are sufficient RCFs across British Columbia for DIY consumers to take back their used oil and antifreeze materials for processing at no charge to consumers. The program also requires the responsible environmental handling, collection, transportation, storage, processing and recycling of used oil and antifreeze material using economic, efficient and environmentally acceptable options.

“We’re thrilled that our facilities were successful recipients of the BCUOMA new infrastructure grants. The grants provide necessary capital infrastructure that allows us to collect, store and secure materials collected through the BCUOMA program,” said Stephanie Valdal, services coordinator for Comox Strathcona Waste Management.

The containers, she explained, will be are a great addition to regional facilities, and allow CSWM to expand the BCUOMA program in remote communities such as Gold River, Sayward, Cortes and Denman Island to include filters, containers and antifreeze collection.

“It’s an important addition to our diversion program and we look forward to providing an expanded service to our residents, particularly those in remote locations, where there are currently no other collection facilities for this material,” Valdal added.

Each year, approximately 50 million litres of oil and 3 million litres of antifreeze are collected and responsibly managed through the approximately 300 public collection facilities and over 4,000 generators across the province, which are managed by the BCUOMA program.

Facilities on North Island

Cortes Island, Comox Valley Waste Management Centre, 1300 Squirrel Cove Rd.

Cumberland, Comox Valley Waste Management Centre, 3699 Bevan Rd.

Sayward, Sayward Public Works Transfer Station, 652 H’Kusam Way

Denman Island, Denman Island Waste Management Centre, 5901 Denman Rd.

Campbell River, Campbell River Waste Management Centre, 6700 Argonaut Rd.

Port Alice, Port Alice Transfer Station, 721 Marine Dr.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

U’mista Cultural Centre is closed to the public until further notice, as of Nov. 23, 2020. (Zoe Ducklow photo)
U’mista closed until further notice due to new restrictions

North Island on high alert against COVID-19

Port Hardy Rotary Christmas Float. (North Island Gazette file photo)
Rotary float returns to Port Hardy to spread much needed Christmas cheer

The Christmas Cheer Float is a festively decorated full-size semi-tractor.

People wearing face masks to help curb the spread of COVID-19 cross a street in downtown Vancouver, on Sunday, November 22, 2020. The use of masks is mandatory in indoor public and retail spaces in the province. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. reports 17 COVID deaths, 1,933 new cases as hospitalizations surge over the weekend

There are 277 people in hospital, of whom 59 are in ICU or critical care

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speak to the media about the COVID-19 virus outside Rideau Cottage in Ottawa, Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada’s inability to manufacture vaccines in-house will delay distribution: Trudeau

First doses of COVID-19 vaccine expected in first few months of 2021, prime minister says

(Pixabay)
All dance studios, other indoor group fitness facilities must close amid updated COVID-19 rules

Prior announcement had said everything except spin, HIIT and hot yoga could remain open

B.C. Liberal interim leader Shirley Bond speaks to reporters from Prince George via Zoom conference, Nov. 24, 2020. MLAs are being sworn in for the legislature session this week, many of them also by video. (B.C. legislature)
B.C. Liberal leadership contest will wait for election post-mortem

Interim leader set to face NDP on payments for COVID-19

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good
Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Product Care offers more than <a href="http://link.mediaoutreach.meltwater.com/ls/click?upn=pDYyTceU0YgTDdsd92GohdQJsmSiPFEkcB4MdMM0Qkoqb1aJA-2By5aWklKJXV6QRdyTteNjr2FccUOVLUe4t5Zw-3D-3D1ds-_KVyBcpjXADXifSWVpM8nQcAzSm9-2B6fEFnjVrTsOcu31irDHDxi5k0QTOIWCqMXUxaNbrf0yRzXSSpROCkfx3NkUtbr65Dkcw1J0by-2F-2BDdDiJGbcfhtjHWYSs66NwakeCCLYkj20e9ICIZsLcedqNZKBhsN0sGgBsInpdzsddYikUZkmQvFdxLJhakpgAA6aAJ5ScUoWR6vO9sM819vRB-2F6x7dsdfIaWa4ZgHxR4G7hauxgSJCsNI2bP5J62EFfM0aiDqRPwUPUjt7i5-2FMqpdJxrEBewnLky-2B3lE0JAmi5UsJBkJejuLOjsndZz4b7dNgbvt6KyewKuF0sxU2rpYgkAO9YAKc9STuFJd28Qn7jE0-2FqlB8HKOvpW150NHS-2BOMBcK5rkZ8YAuPqJy11k-2BgndiKB-2FWl2icAfbWtRGJPb8fM-3D" target="_blank">150 free drop-off locations</a> in B.C. (Pixabay.com)
Recycling broken or burnt string lights can reduce holiday landfill waste

In 2019, Product Care Recycling diverted more than 11.6 million light bulbs from landfills

Helen Watson, posing for a photo for her 100th birthday, turned 105 on Saturday (Nov. 21). (File photo)
B.C. woman who survived Spanish Flu turns 105

Helen Watson has packed a lot into life – including being in two pandemics

(Black Press Media files)
B.C. to test emergency alert system on cell phones, TVs, radios on Wednesday

The alert is part of a twice yearly test of the national Alert Ready system

Most Read