Faced with a never-ending background soundtrack of crashing bottles and crunching aluminum cans, residents on Ocean Park and Lincoln have had enough. They’re calling on Santa Monica City to put an end to the cacophony of smashing sounds and the increasing number of homeless people trekking to the area at all hours to cash in recyclables seven days a week.
Questions have also been raised by neighbors regarding the subsequent vanishing revenue stream from City coffers as bottles and cans go from City Council recycling bins to a private company.
Nestled next to the Albertson’s (soon to be Haggen) on Lincoln and Ocean Park, rePLANET recycling station offers cash for glass bottles and aluminum cans. While the business appears to be operating within its rights, neighbors say that they just can’t stand it any longer.