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Two ambassadors canvassing B.C. with a mission to ensure all oil materials are properly recycled. Follow us for updates on our journey!
As this week comes to and end, Nadine and I are looking forward to our upcoming trip! We’re leaving for Port Hardy on Tuesday and are super excited to visit the collection facilities on upper Vancouver Island and explore new territory.
Vancouver has been a blast, but we both wouldn’t mind a change in scenery! Because Nadine is from the island, she’s volunteered to be my own personal tour guide. Thanks Nadine!
Our tour of Vancouver has been excellent! Everyone we’ve talked to has been super friendly and positive about the program. Nadine and I even got a tour of the Dueck Auto Group on SE Marine drive. It’s the biggest GM dealership in Canada, and I can see why; the place is huge!
As much fun as Vancouver has been, I’m excited to venture outside familiar territory. Hopefully we’ll get to see some wildlife while on the island. See you later Vancouver!
Halfway through our first week of work, we visited many collection facilities throughout Lower Mainland’s North Shore. The week began in beautiful West Vancouver, and tomorrow will be our last day in North Vancouver. The breathtaking view of the waterfront area added sparks to this area!
The first BCUOMA facility we visited was Dundarave Automotive where we found out some first-hand information on how their recycle their used oil and antifreeze. This facility not only collects both of these liquids, but also their containers and filters. So if you ever need to dispose of these products environmentally friendly, please don’t throw them in the trash but bring them here!
Today, we spent most of the day at the North Shore Automall, where we not only met with friendly and insightful staff, but also saw some of the great new cars for sale that came out this year. The Volvo dealership even let us sit in Jim Pattison’s very own old school vehicle!
At Mr. Lube on Marine Drive, manager Ash took us on a tour to the bottom of the garage where all of the tire changing and storage is located. We saw the largest used oil and antifreeze containers we have seen to date. One of the workers even brought us delicious hot chocolate, thank you for that!
Lastly, a picture of us will be appearing in North Vancouver’s Outlook magazine, released next Thursday so grab a copy next week!
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Sonia at Canadian Tire on Main Street
Nadine and I have had an exciting two days! Spending time downtown has given us a chance to get well acquainted with the city and its businesses. Even though the area is becoming familiar to us, we still rely on the trusty GPS to get us around.
Although I’ve lived close to Vancouver my whole life, this is the first time I’ve cruised around the downtown area and really explored the city. We’ve visited over 20 different collection facilities and seen some interesting things on our visits!
The “green” tire at Kal Tire caught our interest. We were informed that the tire has low rolling resistance, which makes it last longer. It’s also made of specific rubber that breaks down faster than regular tire rubber, making it better for the environment!
After further investigation, we were told the tire isn’t actually green when purchased; it’s just green for the display. I was a bit disappointed; how cool would green tires be? However, the tire is still a pretty cool product!
On our way to one of the facilities, we noticed an oil collection truck and had to snag a picture with it! After talking to the driver, I can see why the return facilities enjoy working with M&R so much. He was super friendly and nice!
Last Saturday, Jordana and I spent our day at Science World for their Green Month display. We set up a beautiful booth surrounded by with banners, brochures, and useful freebies for visitors. Situated at the entrance of the very attractive and interactive BMO Sustainability Gallery.
We had a number of parents with young children approaching us to inquire about what we do. Although not all visitors knew about used oil and antifreeze recycling, all were fascinated by the program’s work and were glad it exists!
Our give away squeegees and tire gauges were extremely popular, even among kids who were too young to know what they were used for. Jordana and I had a blast telling young children about recyling in hopes of inspiring and educating a new generation. We even played some games with them in the Sustainability Gallery!
Since then, we have visited various facilities around the breathtaking North Shore and will continue our visits in that area and Richmond for the remainder of this week!
Remember to come and say hi to us if you see our oil painted car in your neighborhood!
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Nadine and I had a great time at the OK Tire Round-Up on Saturday. We collected over eighty tires and had a fun time giving out free tire gauges and helping load the trailer.
We received a variety of different tires; used spare tires, tires with the rims still on, and even a bundle of scrap bicycle tires! It was a great way to kick off our summer tour, and Nadine and I are excited to visit the return collection facilities (RCFs) in Metro Vancouver today.
As one of two Ambassador teams canvassing British Columbia for the 2013 Summer Ambassadors tour, we are proud to promote BC Used Oil Management Association’s message “every drop counts”. BCUOMA is a not-for-profit organization which aims to promote the responsible recycling of used oil, used antifreeze and their containers. We will be spreading their message throughout numerous communities in the province.
We will have our usual partnerships with 3 other Stewardships; Electronics Stewardship Association of B.C. (ESABC), Product Care (PC), and the Post Consumer Pharmaceutical Stewardship Association (PCPSA), however this year we are excited to announce that Tire Stewardship BC (TSBC) will be joining the fold. A not-for-profit organization, TSBC handles the province’s scrap tire recycling program.
Using our 2013 Chevrolet Trax, which is covered in cool oil decals, our tour will take us around British Columbia, stopping in the regions of Metro Vancouver, the Okanagan, Vancouver Island, Thompson-Nicola, Northern BC, Squamish-Whistler and the Sunshine Coast.
Come check us out at our first event this Saturday, May 11th, where we will be handing out brochures and squeegees at Vancouver’s Tire Round-up. The location is at the OK Tire 1843 Kingsway, Vancouver, and it starts at 10 am. Bring in your scrap tires for recycling and be sure to visit our booth!
Over the next four months we will be blogging about our adventures traveling the province. Be sure to check out our daily posts written by one of the four Ambassadors at www.bcusedoil.com
You can also follow us on twitter @BCUsedOil. Follow our tweets to find out when we will be visiting your community! We look forward to spreading the message of responsible recycling this summer.
Jordana and Sonia are proud to kick off the eighth annual BC Used Oil Management Associate (BCUOMA) Summer Ambassadors Tour!
As one of two ambassador teams this year, we will be touring the province to promote the responsible recycling of used oil, antifreeze and their respective containers. Locations on our tour will include the Lower Mainland, Sunshine Coast, Squamish-Whistler, Thompson-Nicola, and Northern BC.
In addition to BCUOMA, we’re proud to introduce the partnership of Tire Stewardship BC (TSBC); a not-for-profit program responsible of the province’s scrap tire recycling program. We aim to visit 280 TSBC facilities combined with the other team! Along with representing BCUOMA and TSBC, we’ve partnered with three other stewardships as well. The Electronics Stewardship Association of B.C. (ESABC), Product Care (PC), and the Post Consumer Pharmaceutical Stewardship Association (PCPSA).
For the next few weeks we will be visiting collection facilities in the lower mainland, before beginning our first road trip to Northern BC. Come visit our booth at our first event this Saturday, May 11th, at Science World’s Green Month exhibition, starting at 11am.
Join us in our adventure for the next 4 months as we tour the beautiful province of British Columbia, by following our travel blog. There will be daily posts written by all the Ambassadors involved. You can also follow us on twitter @BCUsedOil. Check out our tweets to know when our “oil-covered” Chevrolet Trax will be in your community!
It’s officially our last day as BC Used Oil Management Summer Ambassadors and we are feeling a little sad to leave. We’ve had such an incredible time touring the province, seeing more areas of BC than most people ever see.
Over the course of our 17 weeks, we have managed to visit over 500 Return Collection Facilities from 146 municipalities. There aren’t many people in the province that can say they have visited every Canadian Tire in BC!
This summer Emily and I both learned a lot and had a couple new experiences, such as being on camera for the first time (yikes!) while being interviewed for CKPG in Prince George, learning about the current issues regarding recycling in the province, and not to mention putting over 17,000 kilometers on our oil slick car. We have a new found love for landfills, after exploring places like the Hartland Recycling Depot in Victoria, BC, which was not just a dump but an expansive home for wildlife. We also have a new appreciation for satellite radio and our trusty GPS…
The things we have learned in this position have taught us valuable knowledge about stewardship programs and their importance in British Columbia. If all British Columbians take the time to look into stewardship programs such as the BC Used Oil Management Association, we can help keep our planet clean for future generations. As we have learned, just one drop can make a difference; if you recycle your own oil, we are that much closer to increasing our Recovery Rates and improving the environment.
At the end of this summer, we are sitting at a 73% return rate on oil materials and 87% on the oil containers and filters. With our continued efforts, we hope that these rates will keep increasing.
Some of the highlights from our summer travels:
We look forward to seeing how the program progresses next year and were so happy to be a part of it all. Thanks for everything, readers!
Our last trip to the Sunshine Coast proved to be yet another exciting adventure! We began in Gibsons, BC where there are 2 return collection facilities accepting your used oil and antifreeze materials. Gibsons also has an outstanding recycling depot that accepts everything from empty bottles to pesticides. The Gibsons Recycling Depot also hosts one of the largest secondhand exchange stores on location we’ve seen!
After a drive along the winding roads through the beautiful Sunshine Coast, we boarded the BC Ferries at Earl’s Cove to Saltery Bay – Powell River, BC. Powell River has 1 return collection facility for used oil and antifreeze. The next morning we returned to Madeira Park and Sechelt, with a total of 5 return collection facilities here.
The summer ambassador program is almost to a close, but its not over yet!
This weekend we attended the Langley International Festival, a celebration of cultures in the form of incredible entertainment, food, and fun. We were lucky enough to meet a bunch of really great people and teach them about recycling and BC’s stewardship programs. If you have a chance to go next year, make sure you do! We had an amazing time.
Mr. Oil Drop hung out with us all weekend, dancing like a machine and meeting some new friends.
Lots of booths had fantastic samples, draws, and displays. An insurance group across the way from us had a pair of ICBC’s “drunk goggles” to show people why it is so important not to drink and drive. The goggles are formed to simulate what it is like to have had three times the legal limit, and they encouraged people to try to “walk the line”.
Langley has several Return Collection Facilities, including the Great Canadian Oil Change just before the Golden Ears Bridge, Canadian Tire, and Mr. Lube. These facilities will accept your oil, oil containers and filters, and antifreeze.
This week we are touring the Sunshine Coast. Check back soon to see what we will be up to next.