A customer carries a pail of hydraulic fluid to Semiahmoo Bottle Depot for recycling last June. The South Surrey business was recognized this month for efforts to keep toxic waste out of the landfill. (Tracy Holmes file photo)

A customer carries a pail of hydraulic fluid to Semiahmoo Bottle Depot for recycling last June. The South Surrey business was recognized this month for efforts to keep toxic waste out of the landfill. (Tracy Holmes file photo)

Two Surrey businesses recognized for recycling effort

Semiahmoo Bottle Depot and Hallmark Ford Sales receive ‘Top Collectors Award’

Two Surrey businesses were provincially recognized for their efforts of keeping toxic waste out of the landfill.

On Monday (March 23), the BC Used Oil Management Association (BCUOMA), which is a not-for-profit group dedicated to the collection and recycling of used oil containers, filters and antifreeze products, announced the winners of its ‘Top Collector Awards.’

The organization honoured 30 businesses in the province for their “exemplary performance and commitment to the collection of used oil and antifreeze materials across the province throughout 2020.”

Semiahmoo Bottle Depot, located at 15515 24 Ave., and Hallmark Ford Sales, located at 10024 152 St., were among the businesses that received accolades.

SEE ALSO: Semiahmoo Bottle Depot part of hybrid-electric compaction truck pilot program

“These B.C. organizations are some of the most dedicated used oil and antifreeze Return Collection Facilities in Canada,” BCUOMA CEO David Lawes said in a press release. “They continue to provide convenient, environmentally-friendly and easy-to-use infrastructure for their DIY customers to return their used oil and antifreeze materials.”

Lawes said that the effort was “even more impressive” in 2020, due to the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We feel proud to work with such professional businesses across the province.”

The BCUOMA says used oil is a valuable resource and if it’s recycled at a return collection facility, it can be recovered and reused. Used oil is often re-refined into new lubricating oil or sold as raw material for manufacturing or energy products.

“Additionally, used oil filters contain reusable scrap metal that steel producers can reuse for metal products like rebar, nails and wire. Plastic oil and antifreeze containers can be recycled into new oil containers, drainage tiles, and parking curbs. Used antifreeze can be refined and reused as new automotive antifreeze.”

Each year, approximately 50 million litres of oil and three million litres of antifreeze are collected and managed through BCUOMA’s network of return collection facilities.



aaron.hinks@peacearchnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

AwardsBusiness

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

B.C. Finance Minister Selina Robinson outlines the province’s three-year budget in Victoria, April 20, 2021. (B.C. government video)
B.C. deficit to grow by $19 billion for COVID-19 recovery spending

Pandemic-year deficit $5 billion lower than forecast

Chief Constable Norm Lipinski, Surrey Police Service. (Submitted photo)
Surrey Police Service to begin public consultation late June, early July

Community input, chief constable says, ‘will occur’

Surrey RCMP reunited three stolen puppies with their mom. (RCMP handout)
Puppies stolen from South Surrey home located, reunited with mom

Surrey RCMP said they found the stolen puppies on April 16

Welcome to your park sign marks the spot where 84th Avenue will continue east from King George Boulevard 
to 140th Street as part of a $13 million road project. (Photo: Tom Zytaruk)
Road Rage: Opposition mounts anew to Surrey’s plan for 84 Ave. at south end of Bear Creek Park

Same place, same project, same fight as Surrey prepares once again to connect 84th Avenue between King George and 140th Street in Newton

Mak Parhar speaks at an anti-mask rally outside the Vancouver Art Gallery on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020. Parhar was arrested on Nov. 2 and charged with allegedly violating the Quarantine Act after returning from a Flat Earth conference held in Geenville, South Carolina on Oct. 24. (Flat Earth Focker/YouTube.com screenshot)
Judge tosses lawsuit of B.C. COVID-denier who broke quarantine after Flat Earth conference

Mak Parhar accused gov, police of trespass, malfeasance, extortion, terrorism, kidnapping and fraud

FILE – NDP Leader John Horgan, right, and local candidate Mike Farnworth greet one another with an elbow bump during a campaign stop in Coquitlam, B.C., on Friday, September 25, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. won’t be using random individual road stops to enforce travel rules: Safety Minister

Minister Mike Farnworth says travel checks only being considered at major highway junctions, ferry ports

A man pauses at a coffin after carrying it during a memorial march to remember victims of overdose deaths in Vancouver. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. announces historic half-billion-dollar funding for overdose crisis, mental health

Of it, $152 million will be used to address the opioid crisis and see the creation of 195 new substance use treatment beds

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Children’s backpacks and shoes are seen at a CEFA (Core Education and Fine Arts) Early Learning daycare franchise, in Langley, B.C., on Tuesday May 29, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. budget to expand $10-a-day child care, but misses the mark on ‘truly universal’ system

$111 million will be used to fund 3,750 new $10-a-day spaces though 75 additional ChildCareBC universal prototype sites over the next three years.

John Wekking, Merritt Road Report - Facebook
 Coquihalla Road Report
Wildfire sparks off Coquihalla in Merritt

The wildfire is located near the Dollarama off of Highway 5

Ambulance paramedic in full protective gear works outside Lion’s Gate Hospital, March 23, 2020. Hospitals are seeing record numbers of COVID-19 patients more than a year into the pandemic. (The Canadian Press)
B.C.’s COVID-19 infection rate declines, 849 cases Tuesday

Up to 456 people now in hospital, 148 in intensive care

Christy Clark, who was premier from 2011 to 2017, is the first of several present and past politicians to appear this month before the Cullen Commission, which is investigating the causes and impact of B.C.’s money-laundering problem over the past decade. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)
Christy Clark says she first learned of money-laundering spike in 2015

The former B.C. premier testified Tuesday she was concerned the problem was ‘apparently at an all-time high’

Most Read