- 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 seven 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.
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.