Eric Allen is the manager of the Esquimalt location of Island Return-It recycling depot on Ellery Street.

Eric Allen is the manager of the Esquimalt location of Island Return-It recycling depot on Ellery Street.

BUSINESS BEAT: Recycling, with a little extra

Island Return-It's Esquimalt location offers recyclers a clean, comfortable facility

Don’t let anyone fool you into thinking the Return-It facility on Esquimalt Road simply disappeared. The recycling depot has not only resurfaced in Esquimalt’s industrial district, it’s the first facility to be given Encorp Pacific’s five-star distinction.

That means customers bringing their materials to be recycled will find a higher standard of cleanliness and comfort, a public washroom and – as the rainy season is upon us – a large indoor sorting area.

“It’s all about customer service, but it’s also about audits (which help it maintain standards),” says Sophy Roberge, spokesperson for Westshore Bottle Depot Ltd.

The company operates five facilities under the Island Return-It banner on Vancouver Island, with Sidney, Salt Spring Island, Duncan and Campbell River its other locations.

The expanded Esquimalt location has allowed the depot to also expand the range of material it accepts, Roberge says.

“We used to be a bottle depot, but now we’re much more than just bottles and cans. We’re a recycling centre and we want to be a one-stop drop.”

Customers can drop off all manner of electronics, including computers, TVs, small appliances and cellphones. A full list of acceptable items is available at islandreturnit.com.

Westshore Bottle Depot, 935 Ellery St., open Monday to Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 250-381-1482.

Make your underwear purchase go further

A Vancouver-based women’s luxury undergarment supplier aims to prevent young women in sub-Saharan Africa from dropping out of school because they can’t afford sanitary pads and fresh underwear during menstruation periods.

You and Her, which hosted a debut party in Victoria last week, is donating a portion of its sales revenue to the production of underwear in a Zambia sewing centre, and the purchase of extra pads and supplies to be distributed throughout the region. For more information, visit you-her.com.

Canadian designers featured at boutique

Najoie, the brainchild of textile artist and designer Jaiya Anka, is the latest unique boutique on Lower Johnson. With a focus on Canadian talent – including Anka – Pacific Northwest designers and clothing and jewelry manufactured using sustainable practices and materials, Najoie has created a retail space and collection that combine European style with West Coast design. Find them at 102-561 Johnson St.

Triple play for Uptown in marketing awards

Uptown earned a Maple Leaf Marketing gold award at the 2013 Canadian Shopping Centre Global Awards gala in Toronto last week. Its Wahoo! campaign, one of three medal winners for the mall, announced new tenants with snappy headlines in various media. Uptown general manager Roberta Ferguson, marketing director Kristy Lowes, marketing co-ordinator Carlene McDonald, and Cindy Papa of Mingle Marketing were recognized for creating innovative campaigns. Uptown won silver medals for its Style Uptown Fashion Swap and Tasty Tuesday promotions.

Annual CARE awards honour local builders

The Dwell on Despard was the big winner at the 2013 Victoria Home Builders Association CARE (Construction Achievements and Renovations of Excellence) awards gala Sept. 14. The 5,000-square foot Rockland home, built in 2011 by Urban Core Ventures and previously listed for sale for $2.59 million, captured the Project of the Year award and five other gold ratings. Other major winners on the night included G.T. Mann Contracting’s James View Residence in North Saanich for People’s Choice; Green Builder of the Year, large volume, Limona Construction Ltd.; Green Builder of the Year, small volume, BTH Construction Ltd. All gold and silver winners will be listed at careawards.com as of Oct. 4.

Who’s making waves on the business scene

Colleen McCrann has joined the staff as a flooring expert at Trade Source Design Center on Fort Street … Welcome Wagon announces Diane Kennedy as its new event co-ordinator for Greater Victoria. She takes over from Barbie Pichert, who held the position for three years … Mark Phillips from Sidney Transmission and Auto Care achieved his master certification in automatic transmission diagnosis and repair by the Automatic Transmission Rebuilders Association.

Send your business news to ddescoteau@vicnews.com.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

From right: Brad Cameron, BCEHS superintendent of patient care delivery for Greater Victoria, with primary care paramedics Em Funk, Tyrone Trotter, Fiona Galvin and Peter Hill at the Leigh Road station. (Black Press Media file photo)
West Shore paramedics didn’t waver when faced with COVID-19 pandemic

B.C. Emergency Health Services personnel are this year’s Courage and Bravery Award recipients

February is Black History Month. (Photo: Government of Canada)
Camosun College highlighting Black content with research guide during Black History Month

The collection includes a range of works by Black authors and creators

Amy Morrison was surprised to find a note on her windshield for parking on a public street with no restrictions in south Oak Bay where she works. (Amy Morrison Photo)
Oak Bay resident uses notes to claim street parking

‘You must have noticed, we park in front of OUR HOUSE,’ note writer says

Debra Sheets, a University of Victoria nursing professor, is starting Victoria’s first Memory Cafe program for adults with dementia and their caregivers. (Photo: Debra Sheets)
Memory Cafe Victoria hopes to connect local dementia community

Adults with dementia and their caregivers will participate in weekly Zoom socializing and activities

Dr. Bonnie Henry leaves the podium after talking about the next steps in B.C.’s COVID-19 Immunization Plan during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Friday, January 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
COVID: 589 new cases in B.C., and 7 new deaths

No new outbreaks being reported Feb. 26

Staff from the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre, passersby, RCMP and Nanaimo Fire Rescue carried a sick 300-kilogram steller sea lion up the steep bluff at Invermere Beach in north Nanaimo in an attempt to save the animal’s life Thursday. (Photo courtesy Marine Mammal Rescue Centre)
300-kilogram sea lion muscled up from B.C. beach in rescue attempt

Animal dies despite efforts of Nanaimo marine mammal rescue team, emergency personnel and bystanders

Gina Adams as she works on her latest piece titled ‘Undying Love’. (Submitted photo)
‘Toothless’ the kitty inspires B.C. wood carver to break out the chainsaw

Inspired by plight of a toothless cat, Gina Adams offers proceeds from her artwork to help animals

B.C. Finance Minister Selina Robinson presents bill to delay B.C.’s budget as late as April 30, and allow further spending before that, B.C. legislature, Dec. 8, 2020. (Hansard TV)
How big is B.C.’s COVID-19 deficit? We’ll find out April 20

More borrowing expected as pandemic enters second year

The first of 11 Dash 8 Q400 aircraft's have arrived in Abbotsford. Conair Group Inc. will soon transform them into firefighting airtankers. (Submitted)
Abbotsford’s Conair begins airtanker transformation

Aerial firefighting company creating Q400AT airtanker in advance of local forest fire season

The Canada Revenue Agency says there were 32 tax fraud convictions across the country between April 2019 and March 2020. (Pixabay)
Vancouver man sentenced to 29 months, fined $645K for tax evasion, forgery

Michael Sholz reportedly forged documents to support ineligible tax credits linked to homeownership

Then-Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson looks on as MLA Shirley Bond answers questions during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria. (Chad Hipolito / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
B.C. Liberal party to choose next leader in February 2022

Candidates have until Nov. 30 to declare whether they are running

After nearly 10 months of investigations, Mounties have made an arrest in the tripping of an elderly woman in Burnaby this past April. (RCMP handout)
VIDEO: Mounties charge suspect for tripping elderly woman near Metrotown in April

32-year-old Hayun Song is accused of causing bodily harm to an 84-year-old using her walker

British Columbia provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry arrives to view the Murals of Gratitude exhibition in Vancouver, on Friday, July 3, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Death threats mount against Dr. Bonnie Henry, sparking condemnation from Horgan, Dix

Henry has become a staple on televisions in homes across British Columbia since January 2020

Most Read