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Ontario bans burning of used motor oil

On Thursday, January 11, 2007 at 11:00 am, at the Safety Kleen plant in Breslau, Ontario (300 Woolwich St. South), ...

On Thursday, January 11, 2007 at 11:00 am, at the Safety Kleen plant in Breslau, Ontario (300 Woolwich St. South), Ontario’s Minister of the Environment Laurel Broten will announce a draft regulation with the intent of banning the practice of burning used motor oil in space heaters. Currently, about 10 million litres of used oil generated in the province is burned in over 700 space heaters, primarily in Southern Ontario.

The ban will protect health, improve air quality and encourage recycling. Minister Broten will be joined by Fred Florjancic, President and CEO of Safety Kleen Systems Inc. Safety-Kleen Canada Inc., Canada’s largest used motor oil re-refiner and collector of used oil, used oil filters and industrial solvents, has won the Recycling Council of Ontario’s Platinum Sustainable Technology Award for its used motor oil re-refining operations in Breslau, Ontario (near Kitchener-Waterloo).

Re-using and recycling of energy intensive materials can make an enormous contribution to reducing waste, energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions while creating jobs and investment in local economies.

Re-refining used lubricating oil has the following environmental and economic benefits:

— Reduces Canada’s dependence on crude oil as a non-renewable natural resource. Local automotive facilities become “oil wells” which supply used oil that is processed in a closed-loop, back into high quality motor oil. This reduces Canada’s dependency on crude oil;

— Reduces Ontario’s greenhouse gas emissions by almost 500,000 tonnes. An alternative use of used oil is burning it as a waste derived fuel. The combination of reducing “upstream” requirements for crude oil and avoiding emissions from burning used oil as a waste derived fuel means that the 147 million litres of used oil re-refined by Safety-Kleen in Breslau, Ontario in 2005 resulted in the avoidance of almost 500,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions — the equivalent of taking 100,000 cars off of the road.

— Reduces heavy metal and other toxic emissions to the air. Re-refining 147 million litres of used motor oil rather than burning it without pollution controls avoids emissions of toxic substances that are deleterious to human health and the environment. These emissions reductions include particulate emissions, sulfur dioxide, chromium, arsenic and cadmium. These metals are incorporated into asphalt extender — a re-refining by-product which locks these metals into asphalt and prevents them from being discharged to the environment.

According to the company, Safety-Kleen’s lubricating oil products meet or exceed all 2007 automotive lubricating oil standards and include a wide range of American Petroleum Institute Licensed Engine Oils. Safety-Keen is a major lubricating, hydraulic, way and gear oil supplier to the automotive industry, including major auto companies such as General Motors, Ford and Chrysler. Its products are also widely used by federal, provincial and municipal government fleets, private fleets and the military. Safety-Kleen’s products are also sold as house brands by many major retailers.

For more information, contact Dale MacIntyre, Vice-President, Canadian Refinery Operations, Safety-Kleen Canada Inc., Oil Recovery Division at 519-648-2291 x 5255 or via email at

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