Make Every Drop Count: Global Best Practices in Used Motor Oil Stewardship
Friday, May 25, 2018 (11:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT / 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm CEST)
Part of PSI’s Global Webinar Series: Sparking Conversations, Building Networks
Vehicles worldwide generate more than 3.7 billion gallons of used motor oil each year. Both used oil and antifreeze are recyclable. But when improperly disposed, they run off into water bodies or seep into the ground, polluting water. The Used Oil Management Associations of Canada (UOMA) turns collected motor oil and antifreeze into 100 percent recycled-content products. Programs like UOMA in Canada and others in Europe have matured over the past 25 years, with the best programs reporting collection rates over 90 percent, at little to no cost.
In this webinar, speakers from two producer responsibility organizations, UOMA and Valorlub (Belgium), will share their experiences managing these evolving systems. In addition, Chief Technology Officer of Avista Oil, which has re-refineries in Germany and the U.S. state of Georgia, will discuss the process and benefits of turning used oil into high quality re-refined oil. There will be ample time for live Q&A with the speakers.
Executive Director, British Columbia Used Oil Management Association
David Lawes has the unique experience of being a regulator and an operator of product stewardship programs. He is the Executive Director of the BC Used Oil Management Association (BCUOMA), which is the provincial stewardship agency for the oil, antifreeze and filter industry. BCUOMA has an annual flow through of $13M and serves a population of $4.5M. David currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Canadian Product Stewardship Council, an organization that operates the biannual Conference on Canadian Stewardship. David is the former President of the Global PSC (2014-2015). David has also served on the Executive Committee of the Stewardship Agencies of British Columbia (2014-2016) and on the initiating Management Board of the National Zero Waste Council (2012-2015). From 2005 to 2014, David worked with the British Columbia (Canada) Ministry of Environment to develop award winning Producer Responsibility programs for the province. In that time with the BC Government, David served as co-chair of the Canadian Council of Ministers of Environment Waste Task Group and represented the Province at several national and international events.David's education includes studies in Environmental Management and Business (MBA).
Executive Director, Saskatchewan Used Oil Management Association
Ethan Richardson (M.Sc. P.Eng.) joined the Saskatchewan Association for Resource Recovery Corporation (SARRC) in 2017 as the Executive Director. SARRC was founded in 1997 based on an extended producer responsibility model to recycle used oil, oil filters, antifreeze and associated plastic containers in a large, sparsely populated province in Canada. Ethan has over 20 years of expertise in the environmental field, including as a consultant in a large firm, as the Environment Manager for a developmental mining project and most recently as a successful business owner independently offering environmental assessment and management.
Director, Belgium Valorlub
Frank Vanderpooten is the managing director of Valorlub, a producer responsibility organization that finances 100% of collection and processing of used motor oil for all producers in Belgium. Valorlub boasts a 92% recycling rate, the highest in Europe. The organization also engages in eco-design and source reduction initiatives. In addition, since 2017 Mr. Vanderpooten is preparing an extended producers responsibility program for mattresses. He has a Masters in Applied Economics from the University of Leuven.
Dr. Detlev Bruhnke
Chief Technology Officer, Germany, Avista Oil
Dr. Detlev Bruhnke is Member of the Management Board of AVISTA Oil AG with responsibilities for R&D, technology and production. After joining the AVISTA group in 1991 he worked as Laboratory Manager and Head of the R&D Department before being assigned Technical Managing Director for AVISTA OIL Deutschland GmbH in 2007. Dr. Bruhnke holds an MSc and a PhD in Chemistry. He is President of the German Used Oil Association BVA and he was president of the European Re-refining Association GEIR and Vice President of UEIL (Independent Union of the European Lubricant Industry) from 2011 to 2015.
Scott Cassel (Moderator)
Chief Executive Officer, United States, Product Stewardship Institute
Scott Cassel has over 30 years of experience tackling waste management issues in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Prior to founding the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) in 2000, he served seven years as the Director of Waste Policy and Planning for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, where he developed and implemented solid and hazardous waste management policies and programs. Scott is a nationally renowned leader in the product stewardship movement and has experience across multiple product categories, including electronics, lamps, thermostats, pharmaceuticals, mattresses, packaging, and paint. As PSI’s CEO, he developed the widely acclaimed facilitation process that the organization uses for stakeholder engagement and consensus-building—a process that resulted in the nation’s first industry-run, government-mandated paint stewardship program.