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Used motor oil and antifreeze accepted for recycling in Abbotsford

Facility on Vye Road purchases modified shipping container to collect the items
A shipping container converted into an oil-recycling facility – like this one in Vernon – has come to GFL Transfer Station and Recycling Facility on Vye Road in Abbotsford.

An Abbotsford recycling facility is now accepting used motor oil, antifreeze, filters and containers.

The BC Used Oil Management Association (BCUOMA), a not-for-profit group, announced Thursday that these items will now be accepted at the GFL Transfer Station and Recycling Facility at 34613 Vye Rd.

The facility now has a 20-foot modified shipping container to collect the items, thanks to a grant they received from BCUOMA.

There is no charge to customers who drop off their used oil and antifreeze materials. Detailed signage explains the steps to properly recycle the items.

David Lawes, executive director of BCUOMA, said used oil that is recycled can be refined into a new lubricating oil and used as a fuel in pulp mills, cement plants and asphalt plants.

Refined oil can also be used by car owners, vehicle maintenance facilities and other machinery maintenance operations, Lawes said.

He said used oil filters contain reusable scrap metal, which steel producers can reuse for metal products like rebar, nails and wire.

Used antifreeze can be reprocessed to produce new automotive antifreeze.

Plastic oil and antifreeze containers can be recycled into new oil containers, flowerpots, pipe, guardrails, and patio furniture.

Lawes said that each year, approximately 50 million litres of oil and three million litres of antifreeze are collected at approximately 300 public collection facilities and over 4,000 generators across the province, which are managed by the BCUOMA program.

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