Keeping oil out of landfills

On June 11, the British Columbia Used Oil Management Association (BCUOMA) summer ambassadors visited Fernie

  • Jun. 21, 2012 5:00 a.m.
Ambassador Ali Omelaniec at the Woz Mechanical in Fernie

Ambassador Ali Omelaniec at the Woz Mechanical in Fernie

On June 11, the British Columbia Used Oil Management Association (BCUOMA) summer ambassadors visited three recycling collection facilities in Fernie to promote the recycling of used oil and antifreeze. The goal of the program is to generate public awareness to keep these hazardous materials out of our drinking water and landfills.

Ambassador Ali Omelaniec visited Woz Mechanical, and Emily Louie visited the Fernie Bottle Depot and Day Auto.

Over 18 million litres of used oil is not recovered by the BC Used Oil program each year. These oils are extremely hazardous to our environment and drinking water; instead of sitting in our landfills, used oil can be recycled into a variety of useful products. The BCUOMA summer tour will see the two ambassadors travel to over 120 municipalities and over 500 recycling facilities throughout BC, spreading the message, “one drop makes a difference.” Attending community events, speaking to government officials, as well as the public, the team is dedicated to spreading the message and keeping these hazardous materials out of our waterways and landfills.