HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Bottle Bill: Higher deposits, but why?

Written August 3rd, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Albany’s “BottleDrop” will open as scheduled, but not in time to prevent the state Bottle Bill from becoming more expensive to consumers in 2017. And the increase then may not be justified. Read on if you want to know why.


Unlike Carthage, this is still there

Written March 25th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Far be it from me to invite, by harping on old news, recollections of Cato the Elder. It was that Roman conservative, you may recall, who ended every public speech with the immortal phrase “Ceterum censeo Carthaginem esse delendam.” While Cato harped on the need to destroy Carthage if the Roman republic was to survive, I am […]


A question of notice: Too little, too much?

Written March 3rd, 2014 by Hasso Hering

No one testified in opposition before the Albany Planning Commission on Jan. 6 when the panel unanimously endorsed a code change to allow a Bottle Bill redemption center. A month later, when the issue came before the city council, five people testified against the idea and two others wrote letters, also opposed. What made the difference? […]


Salvation to redemption? City says no

Written February 13th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

On Wednesday, the Albany City Council voted 4-2 against a language change in the zoning code that would allow the former Salvation Army thrift store on Santiam Road S.E, to be turned into a bottle and can redemption center. Here, on Thursday, I take a look around the site of the proposal, which the council […]


 
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