DETROIT (WXYZ) - "They have no respect for Detroiters," says Brenda Webb about the noisy garbage trucks that rolled down her east side street at 3:00 am Wednesday.
"I was knocked out until I heard that," said Latrice Gilmore.
Webb even threw her robe on, grabbed her cell phone and went outside to record what amounted to an overnight disturbance.
When Webb asked one of the workers why they were out there at that hour, he told her to "call downtown."
Action News contacted Ron Brundidge, Director of Detroit's Department of Public Works, and he said the city's priority is to provide weekly trash pick up for residents.
Brundidge would not say if he considered noisy trucks rolling down residential streets at 3:00 am to be inappropriate.
Brundidge blames the late trash collection on broken down trucks and fewer mechanics to fix them.
Over a year ago, a shortage of working trucks forced the city to move some of their trash collection workers to an afternoon shift.
The first shift runs from 7:00 am to 3:30 pm and the second shift runs from 3:00 pm to 11:30 p.m.
One worker told 7 Action News that part of the problem is that the city cannot afford to pay some vendors for parts and service. He added that some days they need to have about 25 trucks on the road, but there may only 11 to 15 working trucks available for service. And that's just on the city's east side.
We're told management is already asking trash collection workers to work this Saturday because they are "already behind a day."
Seeking more information from the city on the trash pick up problems, Action News contacted Linda Vinyard in Mayor Dave Bing's office. She began looking into the matter late Wednesday afternoon. We will let you know what we find out.
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