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According to NEAT, B.C. currently recycles approximately 79.3 per cent of used motor oil, 85.5 per cent of oil filters and 88.3 per cent of oil containers. Taking into account that a single litre of used oil has the potential to contaminate up to a million litres of ground water, NEAT is saying we need to work harder to ensure a 100 per cent recovery rate.

In a similar method to deposit fees on beverage containers, people pay Environmental Handling Charges on oil and antifreeze products. That money is allocated to fund the collection of used oil, filters, antifreeze and containers.

Currently, the province contains 490 collection sites to aid in the recycling process.

In the Peace Region, Fort St. John’s Peace Country Petroleum Sales, Fort St. John Co-op Bulk Center and Smith Fuel Services Ltd all dispose of these materials appropriately. In Dawson Creek, Peace Country Petroleum Sales, Peace Country Automotive, Wal-Mart and Gear-o-Rama Supply Ltd all provide this service.

If drivers take their vehicles to a licensed shop to change their oil, chances are oil and filters are disposed of properly. However, if someone changes their oil on their own, NEAT would like to remind you to please remember to bring used oil, filters and containers to a local collection center.

In addition to oil filters and containers, some of these locations will also accept antifreeze.

NEAT says that one drop of oil has the potential to contaminate up to one million litres of ground water from secondary contamination of water supplies within and underlying soil. Such contamination has the ability to cause chronic health effects.

For a larger list of recycling locations and other recyclable items, click here.  

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