American Society of Civil Engineers

Used Oil Policies to Protect the Environment: An Overview of Canadian Experiences

by Hilary Nixon, Ph.D., (Student, School of Social Ecology, University of California, Irvine 92697. E-mail: and Jean-Daniel Saphores, (Assistant Professor, School of Social Ecology and Economics Department, University of California, Irvine 92697. E-mail:

pp. 73-80, (doi:

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Document type: Conference Proceeding Paper
Part of: Traffic and Transportation Studies
Abstract: We examine some consequences of dumping used oil in the environment and review some policies to foster used oil recycling. We then contrast policies adopted in the Canadian Prairie Provinces for managing used oil, used oil filters, and containers, with those put in place in the rest of Canada. Our analysis proposes that public-private partnerships relying on economic instruments and public education can be more effective for recycling used oil than public agencies relying mostly on regulations.

ASCE Subject Headings:
Environmental issues