The Alberta Used Oil Management Association (AUOMA) has a mandate to facilitate the responsible collection and recycling of Albertans’ used oil materials.

It was established by the Government of Alberta in 1997 to ensure that Albertans have access to convenient and cost-effective opportunities to recycle their used lubricating (e.g., automotive) oil, oil filters, and oil containers. More than this, it was established to ensure that these 100 per cent recyclable materials are kept out of Alberta’s landfills and waterways and turned into new and useful products again.

Read AUOMA’s 2018 – 2020 Business Plan.
Read AUOMA’s 2017 Annual Report.


AUOMA is run by a Board of Directors. Its membership includes every company that sells or imports lubricating oil, oil filters, and oil containers into the Alberta market. These companies are required, by law, to register with AUOMA and, in turn, pay an Environmental Handling Charge (EHC) on every oil-related product that they sell into the Alberta market. AUOMA is tasked with using the EHCs to encourage other businesses operating in Alberta to collect and recycle used oil materials. It also encourages Albertans to use the program, sharing information about where to drop-off and when to arrange collection for used oil materials.


AUOMA was established under Alberta’s Lubricating Oil Material Recycling and Management Regulation (AR 82/1997) and is bound by the regulated Lubricating Oil Material Recycling and Management Bylaw (AR 227/2002).

It also operates under the regulated Lubricating Oil Material Environmental Handling Charge Bylaw (AR 228/2002), which prescribes the EHC rate that it can collect from companies producing and selling oil materials in Alberta’s market.