Detroit households may see trash collection delays as staffing shortages persist

By Paul Ploumis

If you live in Detroit, your trash may be out on the curb longer than you expect.

According to a news release from the Department of Public Works, some Detroit households may have their trash and recycling containers collected one to two days later than scheduled.

The delays are because of staffing issues with solid waste contractors GFL and Waste Management.

"Unfortunately, employers and individuals everywhere are still being impacted by staffing issues and equipment challenges and our trash collection vendors are no exception," said DPW Director Ron Brundidge in a news release. "We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause our residents as these companies work to resolve this issue.”

Residents should continue placing containers and bulk items out at the curbside on scheduled days until they are collected. Residents will not be ticketed for items left properly on the curb in areas facing delays in collection, the release said.

Find your scheduled collection dates by going to and entering your address into the “My Home info” field. 

Sign up to receive text alerts the day before pickup by texting your street address to 313-800-7905.