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Santa Monica Problems: Neighbors Protest Noisy Recycling Center

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While there are perks to living in Santa Monica like the beach, palm trees and sunny weather, there's one thing that's turning the paradise into a hellhole for some residents. That's the sound of bottles clanking and cans crushing at a local recycling center, and they just won't stand for it anymore!

Locals are taking it up with the city to put an end to the loud noises coming from the rePLANET recycling center at the Albertson's parking lot on Lincoln Boulevard and Ocean Park Avenue, Santa Monica Mirror reports. It's not exactly clear what they want the city to do, but mostly want them to to stop it and possibly even add a sound wall to chill out the sounds.

Residents are complaining that they need their sleep, and they've had it with the sound of the less fortunate going through their trash cans looking for recyclables and heading to the recycling center early in the morning to trade in their bottles and cans for money. In turn, recycling does help out the, Happy Earth Day, guys.

One man said he has a newborn who is easily woken up by sounds and doesn't feel safe going out their back door now. Another resident said they'd done everything they've can to block out the noise and that includes installing double-pane windows and using white-noise machines. They're saying the area's gotten worse with homeless fights breaking out and even folks using portable toilet bowls right in front of their homes.

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The city though says there are small buyback centers around to increase recycling efforts by giving people an incentive to do some good for the environment, from a California act passed in the '80s.

This isn't the first time we've heard complaints about loud noises in Santa Monica. We've seen folks complain about noisy neighbors and the persistent sounds of sexual moaning from a nearby hotel. It seems like a longstanding problem, as even one dude complained to the L.A. Times back in 1994 about being woken up by homeless people's shopping carts rattling on the street.