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Coffin Butte lessens price jump

Written December 14th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Republic Services has revised downward its intended price increase for dumping small loads at the Coffin Butte Landfill. Instead of $85.75, the minimum fee starting Jan. 1 will be $40.


The annual battle of the fallen leaves

Written November 18th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Autumn leaves are piling up everywhere in Albany this mild and dry — so far — November. But the end is in sight as more and more of our trees are beginning to look pretty bare.


Oregon e-waste recycling law in action

Written August 30th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Technology marches on, and in case you had forgotten, you are reminded when you take a TV in for recycling because it was replaced by a new set long ago.


Paying more for recycling less

Written April 9th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Trash pickup by Republic Services in Albany and much of the mid-valley will cost $2 more per month because of the trouble with recycling. And we’ll be able to recycle fewer kinds of things.


Recycling no-nos: Some surprises

Written March 29th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

We’ve been doing the recycling routine all wrong. We’ve been dumping stuff in those carts that can’t be recycled or for which markets have disappeared.


Look at what’s not there

Written January 12th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

What you don’t see here is the discarded Christmas tree that had been waiting on the verge for the past two trash days. It’s gone because Republic Services picked it up today, the regular trash pickup day in our neighborhood.


Meanwhile, at City Hall …

Written October 23rd, 2017 by Hasso Hering

Geese stopping in Bryant Park during their autumn migration had nothing to do with what the Albany City Council had on its agenda Monday, but they made for a better picture than parking issues and garbage rates.


Weekly yard debris? Not in Albany

Written May 22nd, 2017 by Hasso Hering

For the second time, the Albany City Council has rejected Republic Services’ proposal to collect yard debris weekly instead of every other week. The council majority didn’t think it was right to impose extra expense on people who don’t need the more frequent service, especially since customers can obtain a second yard waste cart now […]


Council to get yard debris request

Written May 12th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

The question of starting weekly collections of yard waste will come up before the Albany City Council again this month. We’ll see whether carts overflowing with springtime clippings and storm debris prompt a different outcome now.


Yard debris issue coming up again

Written April 12th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

Albany Councilman Mike Sykes wants the council to revisit the idea of weekly rather than biweekly yard debris pickup, which it turned down last October. And he’ll get his wish.


 
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