Every once in a while, this is what you find when attempting to deposit bags of empties at the Albany Bottle Drop, the community’s lone redemption center on Santiam Highway: The Bottle Drop looks full.
At first this seems like a dilemma. Do you take your bags back home? Or do you walk around to the front of the store and then try to hand them to an employee inside?
My preferred alternative is the third option. It is to place the bag in the opening and push hard enough to force it inside.
This is easier than it might look. The bags full of empties are not heavy, and the room behind them has plenty of space. So the pile can be moved back by pushing on the front.
It’s not a big deal, obviously. If you’re concerned about this, you are thinking, you must not have any other issues or problems to worry about.
But finding the outside bag door jammed full is another indication that as long as Oregon retains its 50-year-old container desposit law, and expands it from time to time to cover ever more types of containers, having one redemption center in a town of 55,000 people is not enough.
This point — that Albany needs more Bottle Drops — has been made before. So far the Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperatve has turned a deaf ear. (hh)