Oil

ABOUT OIL AND ANTIFREEZE RECYCLING

The Saskatchewan Association for Resource Recovery Corp. (SARRC) is a non-profit corporation formed by the oil, filter, antifreeze and diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) industry in Saskatchewan to develop, implement and maintain a single, cost-effective, province-wide Used Oil, Filter, Antifreeze and Oil/Antifreeze/DEF Container Recycling Program.  The program, first launched September 1, 1997, is operated on behalf of SARRC’s 200 member organizations, in accordance with The Used Petroleum and Antifreeze ProductsCollectionRegulations of Saskatchewan.

Since program inception, SARRC has recycled 287,430,000 litres of used oil, 31,870,000 used oil filters, 4,810 tonnes of used oil/antifreeze/DEF containers and 168,000 litres of antifreeze.

For more information, please visit www.usedoilrecyclingsk.com or call 1-877-645-7275.

WHERE DO I RECYCLE USED OIL MATERIALS?

For do-it-yourself mechanics, farmers and small businesses, take your used oil, filters, antifreeze, and oil/antifreeze/diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) containers to one of the nearly 200 year-round independent recycling facilities including 35 EcoCentres available in almost 200 communities province-wide.  Click here for a list of recycling facilities.  For businesses and farmers generating large volumes, contact a registered collector to pick up your used oil materials on site.  Click here for a list of collectors.

What Happens to the Material?

Used oil is reprocessed into re-refined lubricating oil, industrial burner fuel and other products.

Used oil filters are processed into structural metal shapes for the manufacturing of industrial and agricultural products.

Used antifreeze is reprocessed back into reusable antifreeze.

Used plastic oil/antifreeze/DEF containers and pails are recycled into industrial posts, railroad crossings, plastic pipe and new containers. Plastic 20-litre pails may also be refilled with bulk lubricants, or cleaned and re-used for a wide number of applications.

 

GQA: GREEN QUESTIONS ANSWERED

Why is used oil hazardous? 

One litre of used oil can contaminate one million litres of water.  Think of the environmental damage the used oil from just one oil change can cause.

Where can I take my used oil and antifreeze materials for recycling?

Saskatchewan has a province-wide collection network of nearly 200 year-round independent recycling facilities including 35 EcoCentres available in almost 200 communities.  For the Centre nearest you, click here.  Or call SARRC’s toll free telephone number at 1-877-645-7275.

If I have too much used oil and antifreeze materials to transport myself, what can I do? 

Contact one of SARRC’s registered collectors who will make arrangements to pick up your used oil and antifreezematerials at your business or in your community.  Click here for the list of Collectors or call SARRC’s toll free telephone number 1-877-645-7275.

What types of oil can I recycle?

In Saskatchewan, you can recycle 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.

Ensure your used oil is not contaminated with such things as water, anti-freeze, paint or solvent.  If it is, please contact your local municipality about where you can recycle this material.

What plastic oil filters are recyclable?

Any spin-on or element oil filter used in hydraulic, transmission or internal combustion engine applications can be recycled.  This includes diesel fuel filters but does not include gasoline fuel filters.

What associations belong to NUOMAAC (National Used Oil Material and Antifreeze Advisory Council) and what does it do?

The National Used Oil Material and Antifreeze Advisory Council (NUOMAAC) is comprised of seven provincial used oil and antifreeze management programs:

  • BCUOMA (British Columbia)
  • AUOMA (Alberta)
  • SARRC (Saskatchewan)
  • MARRC (Manitoba)
  • SOGHU (Quebec)
  • SOGHUOMA NB (New Brunswick)
  • SOGHUOMA PE (Prince Edward Island)

NUOMAAC coordinates the Canada-wide used oil and antifreeze material recycling effort and encourages consistent national standards for this unique and successful industry-led stewardship recycling program.  The seven Canadian associations that operate their used oil and antifreeze recycling programs promote the recovery of valuable, non-renewable resources from all sectors of their economies.  Each operates a single, comprehensive, cost-effective, efficient, sustainable province-wide program.

 

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