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BCUOMA Collaboration with BC Indigenous Communities: A Short Video Story


At BCUOMA we know the work we do wouldn’t be possible without the support of our more than 300 members. We also know that in addition to our strong collection totals and recovery rates, we have many other good news stories to share.

Over the past 20 years (yes, we’ve got a big birthday this year!) we’ve established an innovative and successful business model that is gaining recognition around the world. As a global leader in our field, we believe success stories like ours need to be shared. And that’s why we’ve created a series of short videos that demonstrates the reach and results of our association’s hard work through the voices of industry experts, empowered citizens and key team members.

The first video in this series focuses on our collaborations with First Nations Communities around the province of BC. Remote communities face big challenges when it comes to environmental protection and accessing public services such as recycling. The story of the Ehattesaht Nation, Lyle Billy, Stephanie Valdal and Ryan Foster is just one of several collaborations between First Nations and our association.

Since becoming the first associate member of the Indigenous Zero Waste Technical Advisory Group (IZWTAG) in 2019, we have worked with multiple First Nation communities across the province to implement used oil collection systems. We help by assessing community needs, supplying equipment and infrastructure through our grant program, training site operators and connecting the facility to the BCUOMA collection network to ensure materials are recycled.

We hope you enjoy this window into the work we do and are excited to share more videos that describe the benefits and achievements of the BCUOMA program in the coming weeks.