Used Oil and Antifreeze

British Columbians recycle 80 percent of their used oil, 86 percent of their used oil filters, and 88 percent of their used oil containers.Photo of Pouring Oil

While these statistics are encouraging, it’s important to note that a single litre of used oil can contaminate a million litres of ground water. Recycled oil is re-refined into new lubricating oil and used as a fuel in pulp mills and cement and asphalt plants. Used oil filters are recycled for use in other metal products such as rebar, nails, and wire. Used antifreeze is reprocessed to produce new automotive antifreeze, and used plastic antifreeze and plastic oil containers are made into new containers, flower pots, pipe, guardrails, and patio furniture.

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