About Us

With professional staff, quality base oils, and impeccable community relations, Terrapure is a clear leader in the re-refined base oil industry. We’re committed to changing the way the industry views re-refined oil, and demonstrating its viability as a high performance, cost-effective and environmentally responsible option.

Our Company

Terrapure is in the product recovery business, where innovation and customer-driven approaches add value to our customer’s bottom line. As experts at finding ways to recover value from waste streams and developing new, resalable products, we are dedicated to finding ways to build a better world.


Our Sustainability Commitment

We imagine a world where waste no longer exists – where waste products aren’t simply discarded – where the resources of the earth are used with purpose and returned with care. This is the world of Terrapure.



Our Values

At Terrapure, we’re a leader in our industry. We have aggressive goals for growth, investment returns and geographic expansion. How we go about achieving these goals is important to us.

A State-of-the-Art Re-Refinery

Terrapure operates the first North American re-refinery, and has been supplying quality recycled base oils products longer than any competitor. With a crystal clear safety record and a top-performing product, you can trust Terrapure as your supplier of eco-friendly base oils.


  • 1978

    Mohawk Oil Company breaks ground in North Vancouver, B.C. for an oil re-refinery (developed by Phillips Petroleum).

  • 1981

    The first SAE 10W-30 API licensed SF/CC multigrade engine oil is produced from re-refined base oil, for sale under the Mohawk label.

  • 1983

    Mohawk Canada Ltd. replaces the original North Vancouver plant with the (in-house developed) Mohawk Process – the world’s first commercial scale re-refinery to use vacuum distillation and hydrotreating to recover base oil from used lubricating oil.

  • 1985

    Plant capacity increases with an additional distillation unit to recover a second, heavier base oil.

  • 1986

    Over 8 million litres of blended products are produced, including new Mohawk products and private label programs for external customers.

  • 1995/96

    The third and most recent plant expansion occurs with the commissioning of the 100 Neutral and low sulphur diesel processing unit.

  • 1997

    The process is patented and remains the standard by which all other re-refined products are judged.

  • 2002

    Newalta acquires the assets of Mohawk Lubricants Ltd., including the collection network and the North Vancouver re-refinery.

  • Since 2002

    Newalta has invested approximately $10 million in the facility. Today, 43 skilled people work at the facility, which processes approximately 35 million litres of waste oil annually.

  • 2010

    Newalta produces Group II base oils.

  • 2010

    Newalta begins research efforts to define a product portfolio of re-refined oil products to expand distribution and marketing.

  • 2012

    Newalta launches Advanta ECO.

  • 2015

    Newalta sold its Industrial Division to Birch Hill Equity Partners. The division now operates as Terrapure Environmental and continues to serve customers in various industry sectors from coast to coast through its 33 facilities and onsite services. For more information, visit www.terrapureenv.com.