Make Every Drop Count


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

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 nine provinces.
  • For larger generators of used oil materials, registered collectors can come to your site, farm, place of business and take the material to a registered processor.

Click on your province to access the website and/or toll free number for your nearest collection point or registered collector.

  • Visit Website
  • 1-604-RECYCLE (732-9253) in Lower Mainland
  • 1-800-667-4321 in rest of British Columbia

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.