Remote communities face big challenges when it comes to environmental protection and accessing public services such as recycling. With the support of Comox Valley Regional District, Ehattesaht First Nation received a grant from the BC Used Oil Management Association that provided the community with a 10-foot modified sea container and a 1,100-litre intermediate tank. The story of the Ehattesaht Nation, Lyle Billy, Stephanie Valdal and Ryan Foster is just one of several collaborations between First Nations and BCUOMA.
Since becoming the first associate member of the Indigenous Zero Waste Technical Advisory Group (IZWTAG) in 2019, BCUOMA has worked with multiple First Nation communities around the province to implement used oil collection systems. We help by assessing community needs, supplying equipment and infrastructure through our grant program, training site operators and connecting the facility to the BCUOMA collection network to ensure materials are recycled.