What Happens to My Used Oil Materials?

From the backyard mechanic to businesses or municipalities with large fleets of vehicles, every drop of used oil, every container and every filter that is captured in the Program for recycling helps keep our landfills and waterways safe from contamination. In 2019-20 alone, Albertans recycled 86.6 million litres of used oil, 4.5 million filters and 2.4 million kg of oil containers.

What is Recycled?

Lubricating oil e.g. automotive oil, oil filters, and oil containers. Please visit this link for the complete list of eligible material.

How is it Processed and What does it Become?

High quality used lubricating oil e.g. automotive oil is re-refined into new lubricating oil. Lower quality used oil is processed into a fuel that can be used by pulp mills, cement plants, asphalt plants, and other industrial applications.

Oil filters are crushed (with the residual oil captured) and processed by a metal recycler for manufacturing into construction materials such as rebar and pipe.

Plastic oil containers are pelletized and used as feedstock for products such as new containers, guardrails, fence posts and railway ties.