Returning more than bottles at the Fernie Bottle Depot

Owners of the Fernie Bottle Depot, Jin and Jason Lee.  - N. Liebermann
Owners of the Fernie Bottle Depot, Jin and Jason Lee.
— image credit: N. Liebermann

At the Fernie Bottle Depot they’re taking more than just used bottles and beverage containers from residents. The Return-It Centre also accepts and recycles household electronics, car batteries, cell phones, and paint.

With the post-holiday season now wrapping up, it’s back to business as usual for owner Jason Lee.

“After Christmas it’s always busy, and after long weekends it’s always busy,” said Lee. “Everybody is out having fun and then it’s clean up time.”

Lee is fairly new to the depot, and to Fernie. He and his wife Jin, along with their two children, relocated from Vancouver to Fernie just one year ago.

After working as a manager for six months, the Lees purchased the Fernie Bottle Depot in July 2012.

Lee commented, “I’m very proud of this business and I think it’s very worthwhile.”

Although Lee and his family are still adjusting to their new home, he said he’s not planning on going anywhere anytime soon, and is happy to run the depot as a family business.

“Sometimes I go crazy with the low temperature, and too much snow, but [Fernie is] a very nice place to live,” said Lee. “Many people are very kind, it’s a small town, and every person I see says hi when they come in.”

For more information on the recycling process and the products the Fernie Bottle Depot accepts visit


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