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A busy time at the ‘Bottle Drop’

Written January 31st, 2016 by Hasso Hering

If you’re returning empties to the Albany “Bottle Drop” of the Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative — the only such redemption center in Linn and Benton counties — you might want to pick a time other than Sunday afternoon.

On this Sunday afternoon, the place was busy with people who all seemed to have collected vast numbers of empty beer, soda, and water containers. So even though I had far fewer — just $1.25 worth — the wait for a self-service machine took a little while. And as I left, somebody was unloading an entire pickup load of empties.

The place is supposed to be cleaner than the individual stores’ facilities it replaced, but when a lot of people go through there returning not-quite-empty bottles and cans, the staff could not keep up with the spills even if they ran around with a mop all the time. So if you don’t like the odor of stale beer, pick some other time. Maybe early in the morning is better.

Last time I reported on this, I suggested that sooner or later additional centers like this will be needed. Now I’m thinking that “sooner” is the operative word. (hh)

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4 responses to “A busy time at the ‘Bottle Drop’”

  1. Ray Kopczynski says:

    It is so much more easy to simply fill one of their
    green-bags and drop it off @ my convenience. No waiting
    and no stale beer…

  2. Bill Kapaun says:

    If the stores had been required to have just ONE of these “fast” machines in operation, there never would have been a problem.
    My last 2 trips were a 25 & 2 minute wait.

    • Ray Kopczynski says:

      Zero wait if you get their drop-of bags… The center has been a much welcome improvement vs. the old system!

      • Bill Kapaun says:

        Those who forsake $.15 for convenience should not be involved in gathering revenue from the taxpayers.


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