Detroit making progress in resolving trash pickup delays

DETROIT (WXYZ) - The city of Detroit says crews are making progress in picking up trash for tens of thousands of residents.

Trash pickup has been behind schedule for days and garbage is piling up on curbs.

As of Wednesday night, the city says there are still about 47,000 homes on the city's west side from Tuesday and Wednesday that need their trash picked up.

Trash pickup should be back on schedule for the west side by Sunday.

On the east side, the city says about 28,000 homes from Tuesday and Wednesday still need their garbage collected.

Collection should be caught up for east side homes by Saturday, the city says.

City leaders say pickup has been delayed because too many workers aren't showing up. The city claims employees are upset over a plan to privatize trash collection that will be implemented in June. Leaders say the move will save the city about $6 million per year.

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