The BC Used Oil Management Association
levies an Environmental Handling Charge (EHC) on the sale of motor oil
, motor oil filters
, and motor oil containers
to help cover the cost of diverting these potentially toxic items from landfills or even worse, our waterways. DIY oil changes often inadvertently contaminate sewers and wetlands; always use a basin or container to collect drained or pumped oil from a change or work on your engine. If in doubt, go to an expert who will pass on used oil to a recycler. Motor oil can be re-refined for reuse and uses two-thirds less energy than refining crude oil. Oil is also used in the production of asphalt or can be burned as an energy source.