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This note is to give you a quick update on what has happened with Paula’s Bottle Biz since the last story in the Castlegar News (‘Bottle business bonus,’ Feb. 17).

As you may remember, last winter we had some refundable recycling stolen from our house, where it was stored awaiting redemption via my daughters’ bottle business.  The Castlegar News ran a story about that theft, which resulted in our receiving offers of help from many folks in the community, and a donation from Encorp Pacific to help us devise a more secure way to store the recyclables.

Today, the Bottle Biz is up and running strong as ever, and thanks to a shed donated by Castlegar Rona (who also extended us a discount on lumber and delivered the assembled shed and base to our house on their crane truck); and labour and ingenuity provided by the girls’ grandfather Roy Reitan. The shed offers both a secure place for storage of recyclables, as well as a dry safe place to sort and store the bottles and cans during the colder, wetter months.

Canadian Waste also donated two of their large blue bins, for collection of recyclables out in the community.

As ever, residents and businesses in the greater Castlegar area interested in having their refundable bottles and cans collected can contact Paula at 250-365-3132.  Paula and her sister Linda will collect your recyclables with thanks, and donate 10 per cent of their proceeds to the local SPCA.


Leanne Reitan


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