Hello Friends! Check out this article by Return-It for more information on the new automation that is at our Kent Road depot: https://www.return-it.ca/forum/jun2021-columbiatomra/ Also, some helpful reminders for using the new automated reverse recycling system: Please ensure do not crush any … Read more about Return-It Shout Out for Kent Automation
Hello Friends! On June 7th, Columbia Bottle Depot located on Kent Road, Kelowna reopened its center which is now powered by TOMRA technology. A modern bottle depot center that features cutting-edge reverse vending solutions, automated counting and sorting systems and a faster, cleaner, and simple … Read more about Recycling Automation at Kent Road!
Hello Friends! We are VERY excited to announce that Columbia Bottle Depots was the winner of the Champion for the Environment Civic Award that was presented online by the City of Kelowna on April 19, 2021! This means a lot to the staff and the company as it shows that everyone's hard work is … Read more about WINNER of the Champion for the Environment Civic Award!!
Hello Friends! Columbia Bottle Depots are very proud to announce that we have been nominated for the Champion for the Environment Civic Award and we are one of the top three finalists! This is very exciting news! The winner of the award will be announced at the afternoon Council meeting on … Read more about Nomination for Champion for the Environment Civic Award
Columbia Bottle Depots has been recognized by Call2Recycle Canada, Inc. as a 2020 Leader in Sustainability for its exceptional commitment to battery recycling! Last year, Columbia Bottle Depots collected over 7,800 kilograms of household batteries through Call2Recycle®, making it one of the … Read more about 2020 Leader in Sustainability
Hello Friends! As you all know we have some great employees. You get smiles and fast service when you come to Columbia Bottle Depots. We also work hard to provide usable skills that are transferable to new careers. One such employee, Ester Pike, worked for the depots for over half a decade and … Read more about Success Story for Past Employee
Columbia Bottle Depots has been in partnership with Pathways Abilities Society since 2007. Pathways is a non-profit, registered charity, whose mission is “To assist people with disabilities to reach their individual goals and contribute as equal members of community.” Columbia Bottle Depots is … Read more about Proud to Help Pathways Abilities Society!
Hello Friends! We would like to send a big shout out to Raymond Imbeau and Barbara Kitz for their amazing generosity! The couple have been going in to the back country for three years in a row now cleaning up garbage and picking up any cans that they find to return for money. In total this year, … Read more about Couple Cleaning Up Back Country – Donates to COSAR
Hello Friends! We are very excited to announce that there is now an automated Return-It station at Big White! In the past, residents had to drive about an hour to get to the closest bottle depot. Now, customers can conveniently drop off their bagged beverage containers without sorting them or … Read more about Automated Express Return-It Station Now at Big White
Each year hundreds of schools across British Columbia join the Return-It School Contest. The contest is an opportunity for students to take their recycling programs to another level and to have these initiatives recognized. There are amazing success stories coming from elementary, middle, and high … Read more about Wow! Schools Exceed Recycling Goals!
Hello Friends of Columbia Bottle Depots! Did you know that last year over 90,000 tons of material was diverted from our landfills and waterways? Way to go British Columbia! We are very proud to help to contribute to these amazing numbers! … Read more about British Columbia Recycling Stats – 2019
Hello Friends of Columbia Bottle Depots! We are very proud to announce that the RE/MAX Kelowna bottle drive held at two of Columbia Bottle's depots raised $17,125.55 on May 27, 2020 for the Central Okanagan Food Bank! This is our biggest bottle drive yet and are very excited to have helped such a … Read more about Columbia Bottle Helped RE/MAX Kelowna Raise Over $17,000 for the Central Okanagan Food Bank!