The question of where farmers, or any resident in Stettler County, can take used motor oil without paying a fee is one that didn’t seem to have an answer for councillors at their Aug. 11 regular meeting.
The topic of used motor oil disposal was placed on the agenda by Coun. James Nibourg who told his peers that he’d heard from a number of residents who have a substantial amount of used motor oil and they’re not sure what to do with it.
Nibourg stated some residents have built up a fairly large amount even in just one year and can’t find a place to take the oil for recycling or disposal without paying a fee.
Nibourg cited one example of a business that will charge a $20 fee for a 20-litre jug of oil.
Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Yvette Cassidy stated in a report to council that Director of Operations Rick Green had this to say about used oil recycling options: “The Alberta Recycling Management Authority (albertarecycling.ca) is the overseeing body for oil recycling.
“They list the following accredited facilities for dropping off oil in our area: UFA Petroleum Stettler, UFA Petroleum Delia, UFA Petroleum Trochu and Camrose Regional Landfill in Camrose.
“There are also drop-off facilities in Lacombe and Sylvan Lake.”
Green noted the county pays to have its used oil picked up three to four times a year.
Some comments were included from Stettler Waste Management Authority Manager Rene Doucette, who stated a couple of local businesses may accept used oil, including one that only accepts oil that was purchased there.
Coun. Wayne Nixon stated he knew of at least two Stettler businesses that accept used oil and thought there was at least one in Castor and Coronation too.
Nixon noted the landfill will accept used oil filters.
Nibourg stated it sounds like some places in the Stettler area may accept used oil but have a lot of rules for doing so, and it also looks like the bottle depot, which used to accept used oil, no longer does so.
Cassidy also stated in her report and to council directly that if the county wants to accept large amounts of used oil, the current waste transfer stations aren’t equipped to do so.
New storage facilities would have to be built, and since many of the transfer stations are close to water systems the used motor oil containment spots would have to be properly engineered to ensure no leaching took place.
Nibourg stated the county should take a closer look at this issue because he suspects a bigger issue is looming in the background, adding it would be a shame to see people go back to pouring used oil out on roads or other places.
Coun. Dave Grover suggested the county look around for someone that accepts used oil since it appears it’s a service that’s in demand.
Cassidy stated the county could contact the Alberta Recycling Council and request their advice. Councillors passed a resolution requesting her to do so.
Stu Salkeld, Local Journalism Initiative reporter