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Complaints about contentious bottle depot fail to surface

Monday, March 29th, 2010 | 5:04 pm

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The new location of the Columbia Bottle Depot on St. Paul Street between Cawston and Doyle Avenues in the downtown core was quiet close to closing time on Thursday afternoon. (Photo

By Kathy Michaels

Workers at the Columbia Bottle Depot on St. Paul Street got to business dealing with Kelowna recyclables last Monday with little ado, despite months of complaint from area residents.

“Everything appears to be going well,” said owner Clare Cassan. “All we have to do is transition some of our customers to the new location and do a few more renovations.”

Cassan pointed out getting business activity up to the levels reached at the Pandosy Street depot will take a bit of effort as he never advertised its opening day. Cassan put it off because controversy surrounding the operation made the business’s future uncertain.

That controversy  had to do with fears of noise, disturbances, smells and problems with operations spilling outside the depot location, with clients sorting materials during and outside business hours. And everyone from neighbouring business owners to nearby condo dwellers got in on decrying the business’s move from Pandosy to the outskirts of the Cultural District, taking their concerns as far as city hall.

Those concerned residents had no recourse as Cassan purchased the industrial-zoned property legitimately and have been relatively quiet since opening day, refusing to comment on whether or not they’ve seen a spike in neighbourhood damaging behaviours

Cassan hasn’t heard anything lately either.

“There haven’t been any complaints and we don’t foresee getting any,” he said, noting dispelling misconceptions has been a major task since the depot was proposed for the neighbourhood. The biggest one to do with the depot causing a steady stream of traffic around the site.

“We’re just open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.,” he said. “We aren’t open 24 hours a day. There were people who thought we were open 24 hours a day, but that’s not the case.”

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3 Responses to “Complaints about contentious bottle depot fail to surface”

  1. a says:
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    my cat and i were looking forward to all of the above suppossed action, however it was more like watching the film after a bruce willis action trailer.
    unfortunatley, there have been no crazy hijinks as of yet, humm, soon possibly, some crazy homeless person will stir up some sort of chaos? they usually do.
    my cat’s waiting.

  2. Kimber Johnson says:
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    condo and loft owners are dumb.

  3. DTsupporter says:
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    Maybe Kathy should have bothered to review the RCMP complaint file before running this? Complaints are on file. Also, trying to analyze the neighbourhood a mere business week after it opened is just silly.

    NEXT, I resent you claiming that the Columbia Bottle Depot is on “the outskirts of the Cultural District”, when in a very recent article,, the new “Sunplex” complex North of Clement Avenue in the Industrial area “is now a part of Kelowna’s cultural district” yet is more distant than the Depot. I love how your reporters slant and label what’s inside the Cultural District to suit your story!

    Kimber: which one are you in? A condo or a loft?

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