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This San Francisco Chronicle article from earlier this month was forwarded to us by a friend just the other day.

According to the article, recycling theft has become quite the problem in the Bay Area. Or has it?

The coin appears to have two very distinct sides.

As the article explains, residents often complain about scavengers raiding their recycling bins in the middle of the night. Noise, litter, and aggressive behavior are cited as the main concerns.

On the flip side, some businesses depend on recycling raiders to take care of their excess of recyclables.

Every Wednesday night, after we put our recycling out, we hear it being picked through. In the morning, most of our glass and aluminum is gone, but we've never had any problems.

Read the article and let us know what you think.

Image via SFGate.com; Katy Raddatz