Ambassadors visited Fort St. James on their provincial tour to help get the message out

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Ambassadors visited Fort St. James on their provincial tour to help get the message out, "One drop makes a difference."

Ambassadors visited Fort St. James on their provincial tour to help get the message out, “One drop makes a difference.”

Emily Louie and Ali Omelaniec visited both Stuart Lake Automotive and Riverside Repairs on their B.C.-wide tour.

The pair were both ambassadors for the BC Used Oil Management Association (BCUOMA) and were on tour to encourage people to recycle used oil and antifreeze and to meet with businesses at their recycling drop-off locations.

Used oil can be re-refined and used as fuel or lubricant and used antifreeze can be re-distilled.

According to their information, a single litre of used oil can contaminate a million litres of ground water, and while British Columbians recycle a good percentage of recoverable oil, it is clear that more needs to be done.

Louie and Omelaniec were driving a car with an attention-grabbing paint job and handing out information to try and ensure every drop of used oil, every filter and every container is brought to a collection facility during regular business hours so it can be disposed of properly.

Most of these collection facilities will now also accept used antifreeze and antifreeze containers.

The BCOUMA is a not-for-profit funded by the environmental handling charge consumers pay when purchasing products such as engine oil, filters and antifreeze.

The two young women were enjoying their tour, and were heading further west after leaving Fort.

For information on the program, visit: usedoilrecycling.com.

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