Richibucto Port Authority first to join oil and glycol recycling program

The Richibucto Port Authority is the first Port Authority in the province to register as a collection facility for used oil and glycol products.  On hand to mark the opening of the facility from Left:  Richibucto Port Authority Chair Cyril Polchies, Environment and Local Government Minister Brian Kenny, Recycle NB CEO Pat McCarthy, and David Bois, Chair of the Board of SOGHUOMA, which is the industry association that manages the New Brunswick Oil and Glycol Program.

Richibucto – The Richibucto Port Authority is now a collection facility for used oil and glycol products.  It is the first Port Authority in the province to register as a collection facility under the province’s Oil and Glycol recycling program. 
 
Harbour Master Jody Pratt said, “There are over 100 commercial fishing boats and 60 pleasure craft that use our harbour.  We registered as a collection facility to make it easy for our users to recycle their used oil and glycol products.  It is one way we can help protect our environment and improve service to our clients and our community.” 
While he expects most users of the service will be fishers and boaters, Pratt says anyone can drop off their used products for recycling free of charge.   The location of the recycling facility is convenient for wharf users and the public and is open from 9 am to 4 pm from Tuesday to Thursday, from 6 am to 9 pm on Friday and from 8 am to 3 pm on Saturday.
 
David Bois, Chair of SOGHUOMA, the association that manages the used oil and glycol program on behalf of industry welcomed the Port Authority to the program. “One of SOGHUOMA NB’s priorities is the implementation of a network of collection facilities throughout New Brunswick. The addition of the Richibucto Port Authority increases the number of collection facilities across the province to 160. One litre of used oil could pollute one million litres of drinking water so we want to make sure people can recycle their used products. This is a win for the environment, for the people of Richibucto and generations to come.”
 
“Our government applauds the partnership between SOGHUOMA, Recycle NB and the Richibucto Port Authority to increase the provincial network of recycling facilities,” said Brian Kenny, Minister of Environment and Local Government. “Recycling oil and glycol helps make our province cleaner and greener and creates employment for New Brunswickers.  Providing more options for New Brunswickers to properly dispose of these materials helps move New Brunswick forward.”
 
The collection facility will take the following products. Oil containers of 50 litres or less, glycol containers of 50 litres or less. Glycol - ethylene or propylene glycol used, or intended for use, as a vehicle or commercial engine coolant but does not include plumbing antifreeze, windshield washer antifreeze, lock deicer and antifreeze, and gasoline and diesel fuel antifreeze. Oil - petroleum or synthetic derived crankcase oil, engine oil and gear oil, and hydraulic fluid, transmission fluid and heat transfer fluid, and fluid used for lubricating in machinery and equipment. Oil Filter - any spin-on or element type fluid filter used in hydraulic, transmission or internal combustion engine applications (except  gasoline filters) which includes oil filters, a diesel fuel filters, oil storage tank fuel filters and household furnace oil filters.
 
Oil and glycol are designated products under the Clean Environment Act and Recycle NB oversees the oil  and glycol program. Information on Recycle NB and its programs is available online at www.recyclenb.com
 
MEDIA CONTACTS:  Pat McCarthy, CEO, Recycle NB, 506-454-8473, pat.mccarthy@recyclenb.com 
Jody Pratt, Richibucto Harbour Master, 506-961-6038, rctoport@xplornet.com

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