Plano Homeowners Frustrated With Noisy Recycling Center

Plano homeowners say they're fed up with noise coming from a nearby recycling center

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Some homeowners in Plano say they’re fed up with noise they say is keeping them up at night.

It’s coming from Republic Services, a recycling facility on 14th Street in east Plano.

“Horns, trucks, the bottles dumping and then there’s giant bay doors that stay open so all of that sound goes echoing this way as well,” said Christine Brown, a homeowner who lives next door.

Brown and her husband Jason moved to the Hudson Heights neighborhood in 2017, shortly after Republic Services burned in 2016.

It was rebuilt and reopened last year.

Brown said the noise has been nonstop ever since.

“You can’t live like this, so who is wrong and who should be held responsible for it?” Brown asked.

The city of Plano said it tested the facility at least twice and both times, it was louder than what's allowed by law.

Tuesday, the city approved Republic Service's plan to try to fix it.

“It’s very important for us to get this fixed. We know that noise can have psychological impacts. It can disturb rest and peace and we want our residents to be happy,” said Rachel Patterson, Plano’s environmental health director.

The plan is to build a 24-foot fiberglass wall behind their backyard. Brown said it would hopefully create a buffer -- and bring them some peace and quiet.

“All I want is to be able to live in my home,” Brown said.

Patterson said the city would be following up until the problem was resolved.

Republic Services issued the following statement.

“Republic Services has proudly served Plano and surrounding communities for more than 30 years from our 14th Street facility. Our original recycling facility burned down in 2016. Before the reopening of our new facility in early 2019, rezoning allowed new homes to be built nearby. The recycling facility currently operates a full shift six days a week; it does not run 24 hours a day, however, we are sensitive to neighbors’ concerns. Today, the Board of Adjustments approved our request for a variance that will allow a 24-foot fiberglass sound wall to be built on the south end of our property, and we will immediately be requesting permits that will allow work to begin. Republic Services strives to be a good neighbor, and we are committed to following through with a solution.”

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