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Broten - Ontario Environment Minister: Used Oil Regulation, Kitchener-Waterloo

Wednesday, January 10th 2007 11:44:35am

Announcement of Provincial Regulation supporting used motor oil re-refining

            Thursday, January 11, 2007 - 11:00 am
            Safety Kleen at Breslau, Ontario

            300 Woolwich St. South

Provincial Minster of 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 System Inc.  

Safety-Kleen Canada Inc. (“Safety-Kleen”), 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.


For more information:

Dale MacIntyre, Vice-president, Canadian Refinery Operations, Safety-Kleen Canada Inc., Oil Recovery Division
Tel. (519) 648-2291 X 5255,


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    
         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  

         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.

         By choosing Safety-Kleen, our customers make it
         possible to ‘renew a non-renewable resource’ and in    
         doing so help Canada meet its greenhouse gas emissions    
         reduction commitments under the Kyoto protocol.”


For more information: Dale MacIntyre, Vice-president, Canadian Refinery Operations, Safety-Kleen Canada Inc., Oil Recovery Division Tel. (519) 648-2291 X 5255,