Thrifty Foods Smile Card
You can support our new bio-diesel distribution system by buying a pre-loaded Thrifty Foods Smile card. When you buy your groceries at Thrifty Foods and use your smile card a percentage of the proceeds go to our green energy projects. For more information please call our head office.
Donating Waste Vegetable Oil (WVO)
CEA is a British Columbia Non-Profit society # S-54795. Our organizational objective is to research and implement alternative energy projects that reduce green house gas emissions, and to make these alternatives available to the public in order to reduce our collective environmental footprint. Our current focus has been the development of a drop-off site for WVO recycling and Bio-Fuels production with the CVRD and our partners the CB-DC. SVO (Straight Vegetable Oil) and Bio-Diesel produced at the facility will be made available to CB-DC members as an environmentally friendly engine fuel for diesel cars, trucks and machinery in the Cowichan Region.
We greatly appreciate the waste oil from local restaurants and schools. For a complete listing of our partners please go to this page.
If you are a restaurant owner or manager, or have a facility that produces waste oil in great quantities, and would like information about our oil collection service please contact our main office for more information.
We also welcome the public to make donations of waste oil. You can drop-off your oil containers between the hours of 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM, Monday to Friday at:
Cowichan Biofuel Facility
The Bings, Creek Solid Waste Management Complex
3900 Drinkwater Rd.
Duncan, BC. V9L 6K9
Anytime drop off bins located at:
- Cowichan Bay, Pier 66 Market & Liquor Store Parking Lot
- Ladysmith, in front of The Public Works Office, 330 - 6th Avenue OR Peerless Road Recycling Facility
- Please use containers with secure lids only. Original oil containers and containers with twist on lids are permitted. Due to breakage, we do not accept anything in GLASS containers. Do not place any oil in containers with loose fitting lids such as yogurt or margarine tubs. We accept LIQUID OIL only, fats and grease drippings can be recycled as compost in green bins, do not drop into this bin.
Vancouver Island University (VIU) has donated bio-diesel processing and storage equipment in support of the facility and is open to playing a larger educational and research role in the future. C.E.A. gratefully acknowledges their contribution and is always seeking to build partnerships.
Business and Knowledge Exchanges
Local partner Cowichan Petroleum Sales (CPS) has provided a site and expertise for a new card-lock service for 24 hour distribution of bio-fuels supplied through the facility.
The CVRD has provided support to the CEA and CB-DC over the last two plus years to advance the goal of building a local vegetable oil recycling facility to compliment services at their Bings Creek Solid Waste Management Complex. Projected benefits to the CVRD would include: bio-fuels supplied through the facility would be made available to the CVRD’s diesel vehicle fleet and help reduce their carbon footprint used cooking oils will be kept out of waste water infrastructure; free public service and educating regarding recycling, the production and use of alternative transportation fuels, and access to purchase carbon offsets generated locally by the bio-fuels facility.
How You Can Help
If you feel passionate about Alternative Energy, C.E.A. wants to hear from you. We would love to discuss any contribution you would like make to our organization, be it material, financial or knowledge based. Please address your inquirers to Miles Phillips, President of the Cowichan Energy Alternatives Society.