New recycling facility opens

Vernon residents have a new, eco-friendly way to get rid of used motor oil.

An upgraded collection facility has opened at Interior Freight & Bottle Depot on 24th Avenue, the BC Used Oil Management Association announced Thursday.

This facility will accept used oil and antifreeze materials, free of charge.

The upgrade was made with a return collection facility infrastructure grant from the BCUOMA.

It's housed in a modified sea container to facilitate easy and responsible collection of used oil, antifreeze, filters and containers.

“Interior Freight & Bottle Depot has been a great recycling resource for Vernon residents for over 30 years,” said David Lawes, executive director of the association. 

The association offers help to improve recycling facilities across the province and improve public awareness of them.

There is a market for used oil. Disposed of properly, it can be recovered and re-refined into new lubricating oil and can also be used as fuel in pulp mills, cement plants and asphalt plants.

Additionally, used oil filters contain reusable scrap metal, which steel producers can reuse for metal products like rebar, nails and wire. Used antifreeze can also be reprocessed, and plastic oil and antifreeze containers can be recycled.

Each year, about 50 million litres of oil, and three million litres of antifreeze are collected and responsibly managed through 300 public collection facilities across the province. 

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