Reader Mail: Noise Complaints
Here’s another reader email about a specific late-night noise complaint uptown, near the Rite-Aid. Now I know we all have to deal with the garbage trucks coming through 6 days a week, but it’s usually only for a few minutes. She has to deal with mega-dumpster earthquakes as well as sleeping truckers who leave their rigs idling for hours. Do you think that commercial trash pickups and deliveries should be scheduled at more reasonable hours? Who should she direct these complaints to? Her local council-person?
Nefarious Noise Nemesis
Hey Hoboken 411,
I read your Friday Night Lights spot and also have a problem keeping me awake at night- noise. Specifically, the Rite Aid Parking Lot between Clinton and Willow. At least 3 times a week, the following things occur in the middle of the night (usually between 2 and 5 a.m.)
- The Rite Aid Truck comes to make its delivery, during which they leave the engine running/rumbling for approximately 2 + hours. Note, the sound of an 18 wheeler idling does NOT have the same effect as a noise machine…
- The trash picker uppers a.k.a. garbage and recycling, empty the garbage using the loudest possible trucks, compactors, and people they can find.
- And my favorite- the emptying of the Rite Aid Dumpsters, where the truck actually lifts both dumpsters, shakes them about 10 times and then DROPS them from about 10 ft in the air. And there are two, so its double your noise, double your fun. The sound resembles a cannon being shot directly into my apartment building.
I know they say the outside walls are thin on new construction, but I don’t think a soundproof wall would keep this noise out! It is seriously unbelievable. I have tried everything- leaving the TV on, running the dryer to balance out the noise- nothing works. And the dumpsters are just the worst! Ground-shaking!
My question really is why exactly do these things have to be done at night? or at least in the DEAD of night? Are there noise ordinances? Can’t Rite Aid get deliveries and empty their dumpsters during the day?
Its JUST SO LOUD.
Cranky on Clinton