Edmonton, AB - December 1, 2004: Five provincial used oil materials recycling associations have extended their cooperation to form the National Used Oil Material Advisory Council (NUOMAC). The new organization will coordinate the Canada-wide used oil recycling effort and encourage consistent national standards for this unique and successful industry-led stewardship recycling program.

The non-profit associations are from Quebec, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia (1). The materials collected are used oil, used oil filters and used plastic oil containers.

"Used oil is the largest single source of hazardous recyclable waste material in Canada and must be disposed of properly" states David Dingle, Imperial Oil Products and Chemicals Division, and recently appointed Chairman, NUOMAC. "Since the first program was launched in 1997, this recycling model has gained acceptance throughout western Canada and now Quebec. Our goal is to have fully integrated programs in all provinces and territories of Canada."

In 1988, the Canadian Petroleum Products Institute (CPPI) commissioned a task force on used oil materials recycling at the request of the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME). What developed is a government-approved, industry-led used oil materials recycling program model that has been acknowledged world-wide as working environmentally, economically and socio-economically (2).

"When you consider that one litre of used oil can contaminate one million litres of fresh water, then everyone understands the importance of the proper collection and recycling of used oil materials" says Ted Stoner, Vice President, Western Division, CPPI. "Over the past seven years, millions of litres of used oil and kilograms of plastic containers, and millions of filters have been collected, recycled and reused through this program. None of the material collected goes to landfills or to road oiling."

Under the program, a network of return collection points is established. The program is funded not by a government tax, but by an Environmental Handling Charge (EHC) remitted by all wholesale suppliers (first sellers) on lubricating products including filters and plastic containers. The EHC is remitted to the association(s) in the province(s) in which the wholesaler does business.

A Return Incentive (RI) is then paid to private sector collectors and processors to pick-up and deliver to government approved recycling facilities where the materials are processed into new products.

"With the growth of the recycling program nationally, the Boards of Directors of the five Associations supported the concept of a national advisory council to encourage continuity throughout Canada on this important environmental initiative" notes Dingle. The establishment of NUOMAC was formally approved at a joint meeting of all five provincial Associations on September 28th, 2004, in Kelowna, British Columbia.

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