Our three nights in Victoria are already coming to a close. From what we have seen, everyone here is incredibly excited about what BC Used Oil Management Association is doing to insure used oil and antifreeze materials do not end up in our landfills or wastewater. All facilities have mentioned that Night Drop-Offs (used oil and/or antifreeze drop-off outside of business hours) are hardly an issue, and they see little to no spills.
We had two really incredible tours this week: one of Bing’s Creek Solid Waste Management Complex and the other of Hartland Recycling Depot & Landfill. Both of these facilities were incredibly organized and recycled things we didn’t even know COULD be recycled!
Bing’s Creek recently began a styrofoam program.
We arrived on Vancouver Island yesterday and have seen some really cool stuff so far! We have visited Nanaimo, Crofton, Ganges (on Salt Spring Island), Duncan and Chemainus.
Chemainus, otherwise known as the “city of murals” was our first stop this morning. We met up with a photographer from the Chemainus Valley Courier and he took some awesome photos of us for the local news at Mural Town Automotive. The owners were so busy but managed to find the time to get in a couple photos with us!
This weekend Emily and I attended two events: the All British Run at Van Dusen Gardens and the Mustangs on Top car show in Gastown.
This week we visted return collection facilities (RCFs) in Vancouver, my hometown! I was surprised to discover a number of RCFs and Return-It depots accepting various used materials in my very own neighbourhood.
Vancouver’s Main Street district has a high volume cluster of used oil and antifreeze RCFs, probably the most I’ve seen in one area. In urban geography, this is sometimes refered to as a spatial fix, where businesses are regionally positioned to provide all similar services at the convenience of its customers!
We made our first few visits to five of the return collection facilities in Vancouver this morning, with a quick stop at one of the many Starbucks in the vicinity for lunch.
While a few managers were too busy to chat with us (must be all the Mother’s Day long weekend shoppers!), we did encounter a new autobody shop interested in joining BC Used Oil’s program in becoming Vancouver’s newest used oil and antifreeze collector! You may now drop off your used oil and antifreeze materials at Autobots Automotive Repairs Ltd. nearby Main St.
Our past two days were spent visiting North Vancouver and Coquitlam Return Collection Facilities. We also visited a few pharmacies, including Coquitlam’s Superstore Drugstore Pharmacy, and Return-It Recycling Depots on behalf of the Electronic Stewardship Association of British Columbia.
We started our morning off bright and early today, venturing to the BC Used Oil headquarters in Chilliwack, BC. Arriving early before our monthly meeting with Ron Driedger, Executive Director of BCUOMA, Ali and I decided to make our first stop in Greendale to visit four handsome studs. This is Lagataro, one of Ali’s horses on her farm in Chilliwack:
After our meeting with Ron at Decades Coffee downtown, we managed to visit all 13 return collection facilities in Chilliwack.
We were lucky enough to have incredible weather today at the DW Poppy High School Car Show! We saw a ton of neat looking cars and got to talk to a lot of people about where they can recycle their used car oil, oil containers, filters and antifreeze products.
Yesterday we attended the Port Moody Fingerling Festival at the Port Moody Recreation Center.
Yesterday was our first day visiting Return Collection Facility’s and we had a blast! We started off our day visiting M&R Environmental, where we got to see how oil and antifreeze containers, oil filters, and antifreeze are recycled.