If you were waiting till Saturday to return your green bags of empty containers at the Albany Bottle Drop, you were out of luck.
I went there at about 3:30 p.m. and found the place locked up. It was also very much cleaned up and empty inside, which I could see by looking in the window.
If there was a story there, I have no idea what it was.
The sign on the bag return hatch claimed the power was out. But that evidently was no longer the case, since the ceiling lights inside were lit.
So maybe when the power failed earlier, the staff cleaned up, washed the floor, locked up, and went home. Or maybe the power had already failed when they showed up for work.
Not being able to claim your refund of bottle deposits may seem like a First World problem that is hardly worth mentioning. But think of the homeless and others for whom picking up and turning in empties is how they survive.
Presumably the place reopened when the staff checked and found the power back on, or it will do so when some internal electrical problem is fixed.
If this little episode shows anything, it’s that a town the size of Albany needs more than one central place where empties are supposed to be returned. (hh)
Postscript: For what it’s worth, the Bottle Drop was open and functioning again on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2023.