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Kansas City, Kansas Residents Seeing Problems With Trash Pickup

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If you're a Kansas City, Kansas resident, you may have noticed your trash got picked up late this week.

A spokesperson for Deffenbaugh Industries, Inc., which contracts for trash pick-up in the area, says the recent Memorial Day holiday and severe storms have caused delays in trash pick- up.

And Deffenbaugh spokesperson Lisa Disbrow says it may happen again.

"We are working to get back on track but there may still be some delays this week," she says.

The reason, Disbrow explains, is the ripple effect caused by a holiday day-off. Severe weather  slowed trucks down and added yard waste. Disbrow says she understands people may be frustrated.

"The company is working all its staff at maximum capacity allowable" to get back on schedule, Disbrow says. 

The Unified Government/Kansas City, Kansas is supplementing Deffenbaugh workers with some of its own to expedite trash pick- up in Kansas City, Kansas and surrounding suburbs.

Laura Ziegler is a community engagement reporter and producer at KCUR 89.3. You can reach her on Twitter @laurazig or at

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