To recycle used oil & antifreeze materials, select your province.

To recycle used oil & antifreeze materials, select your province.

To recycle used oil & antifreeze materials, select your province.

Make Every Drop Count

OEM stakeholders:

In 2017, the Used Oil Management Associations of Canada -including, the (BCUOMA); Alberta Used Oil Management Association (AUOMA); Saskatchewan Association for Resource Recovery Corp. (SARRC); Manitoba Association for Resource Recovery Corp. (MARRC); Société de gestion des huiles usages du Québec (SOGHU); and Atlantic Used Oil Associations (UOMA NB and UOMA PE) -undertook a stakeholder consultation to review the Original Equipment Manufactured (OEM) categories for the initial fill of lubricating oil, automotive glycol fluid (anti-freeze/coolant), and oil filters, as outlined in the Initial Fill (OEM) Category Summary, 2015.

The Associations have collectively approved an updated Initial Fill (OEM) Category Summary, which will be effective April 1, 2018. Click here to view the Letter to OEM Members sent on behalf of the UOMAs in Canada on December 29, 2017.

For questions in English please contact Jodi Tomchyshyn London (, Executive Director, Alberta Used Oil Management Association. For questions in French please contact Jean Duchesneau ( Directeur général / General Manager, SOGHU/UOMA Atlantic.

For EHC applicable products designated by each province for recycling, click here.

Why Recycle?

Used oil is Canada’s single largest source of potentially hazardous material if not managed properly.

Used antifreeze is toxic to people and animals.

Used oil filters may contain residual used oil and take up valuable landfill space if dumped.

Used plastic oil/antifreeze/Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) containers and pails take up valuable landfill space if dumped and take forever to decompose. Burning gives off dangerous toxins.

Where To Recycle?

For small generators of used oil materials (farmers, small businesses, Do it Yourself mechanics), there are hundreds of year-round EcoCentres and collection points across the seven provinces.

For larger generators of used oil materials, there are registered collectors that will come to your site, farm, place of business and take the material to a registered processor.

What Happens to the Material?

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

Used antifreeze is reprocessed back into reusable antifreeze.

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

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.

No used oil or antifreeze materials recovered under Canada’s provincial UOMA programs go to landfills. In most provinces, used oil is not spread on roads.