The Municipality of Souris Glenwood is once again taking part in the used oil and antifreeze recovery program. The Manitoba Association of Recovery Resource Corporation (MARRC) and the municipality are encouraging recycling of both anti freeze and oil by offering a certificate for a new jug of oil or antifreeze. Just bring your used product to the Souris Glenwood Eco-Centre to receive the certificate. This is for a limited time while quantities last.
MARRC has established a province-wide network of 70 collection depots called EcoCentres which exceeds the requirements of the Used Oil, Oil Filters and Containers Stewardship Regulations. In addition there are 25 other licensed rural depots along with 16 in Winnipeg for a total of 95 in the province.
These EcoCentres provide drop-off facilities consumers, further defined as private motorists, farmers and small commercial operators who service their own vehicles and equipment. The Souris Glenwood Eco-Centre can receive oil and antifreeze as well as containers.
One Drop of Used Oil Makes a Difference. Everyone in Manitoba has done an exceptional job of recycling used motor oil (75% recovery), oil filters (66%) and oil containers (58%). However, when you consider that a single litre of used oil can contaminate a million litres of ground water, it is clear that more needs to be done. That is why we must encourage people to ensure every drop of used oil, every filter, and every container is returned to a collection facility during regular hours so it can be disposed of properly.
Here is a little information from the MARRC website:
Which used oil products can be recycled?
Oil - any petroleum or synthetic crankcase oil, engine oil, hydraulic fluid, transmission fluid, gear oil, heat transfer fluid or other fluid used for lubricating purposes in machinery or equipment.
Oil Filters - any spin-on or element oil filter used in hydraulic, transmission or internal combustion engine applications - includes diesel fuel filters but does not include gasoline fuel filters.
Oil Containers - any plastic container with a capacity of less than 30 litres that is manufactured to hold oil.
Antifreeze - any ethylene glycol or propylene glycol vehicle engine coolant.
Antifreeze Containers - any plastic container with a capacity of less than 30 litres that is manufactured to hold antifreeze.
What products are made from used oil?
There is a strong market for used oil. Re-refining used oil into new lubricant completely restores the original lubricating properties of the oil and takes about one-third of the energy of refining crude oil to lubricant quality. Re-refined oils meet all new car lubricating specifications.
Used oil is also re-refined into fuel for burning in various heaters, and can also be burned directly for energy.
Oil filters are shredded, heated to a molten state and the metals re-used as material for other metal products such as rebar, nails and wire.
Empty plastic oil bottles can be recycled into new containers, plastic flowerpots, plastic pipe, guardrails, fence posts and plastic patio furniture.
2016 Recycling Information:
Used Oil Collected: 14.3 Million of 19.0 million or 75%
Used Oil Filters Collected: 1.54 Million of 2.34 million or 66%
Used Oil Containers Collection: 259 Thousand of 670 Thousand or 38%
There was a time when people didn't think twice about simply throwing away or dumping oil products. Today, we are more aware that careless disposal methods not only harm the environment, but also waste a valuable non-renewable resource. Each year, about 215 million litres of new oil are sold across western Canada. Yet slightly more than half of that oil is not consumed during use and is available to be recycled.
And it's not just used oil that presents a hazard to the environment if it's improperly discarded. After you pour the oil into your car, boat, lawn mower, tractor or other motors, there is residual oil in the plastic containers that can be recovered. Used oil filters and plastic oil containers can also be recycled into other useful products. With a program and proper return facilities now in place, western Canadians can:
Recover more used oil, filters and containers.
Extend the life of a non-renewable natural resource.
Provide the recycling industry with oil, plastic and steel.
Decrease pollution caused by improper disposal. Reduce the amount of non-biodegradable materials in our landfills.