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'Important work': This Burnaby facility collected the second-most used oil, antifreeze in B.C.

Collection sites contribute to keeping local communities stronger and healthier, says recycling non-profit CEO.
Burnaby's Eco-Centre is located on Still Creek Drive.

Burnaby's Eco-Centre has been honoured for collecting the second-most amount of used oil and antifreeze materials across the province last year, according to a recycling non-profit.

The Eco-Centre is No. 2 on the list of 30 winners of the fifth annual Top Collectors Awards, given by Interchange Recycling, dedicated to the collection and recycling of used oil, antifreeze, oil filters and automotive containers in B.C.

“Our ability to properly recycle and re-introduce used materials back into B.C.’s circular economy is important work that requires growing infrastructure to enable safe collection, handling, and storage,” said David Lawes, CEO of Interchange Recycling, in a press release.

“All of our dedicated collection sites across the province contribute to keeping our local communities stronger and healthier thanks to their ongoing commitment to keeping oil, filters, antifreeze and their containers, out of landfills.”

Burnaby's Eco-Centre has drop-off options for more than 20 different types of recyclable materials, including used motor oil, antifreeze, batteries, propane tanks, paint, books, green waste and more.

The criteria to determine the top collectors included the total amount of oil and antifreeze collected at the facility, the total number of years participating in Interchange Recycling's public return facility program and a "demonstration of continued support of Interchange Recycling and other recycling stewardship-related programs."

The No. 1 winner of the Top Collector Awards was GFL Environmental Depot in Abbotsford. In third place came Ridge Meadows Recycling Society in Maple Ridge.

About 50 million litres of oil and three million litres of antifreeze are collected and managed annually through Interchange Recycling's network of public recycling centres.