Detroit man cleans up neighborhood, says city won't pick up trash

“I’m a one man cleanup crew.”

Donell Davis has been working for weeks - piling up tree limbs and trash and putting it curbside outside his home on Pilgrim near Prairie in Detroit. He’s calling on the City of Detroit to get it picked up.

“I've cleaned up the corner. I've cleaned up this as well and I need some assistance. I only can do so much. I need the city's assistance to come pick this up.”

Davis says Advanced Disposal did come by on Friday and tagged the debris as bulk, but that was it.

“They came and they only pick up so much. Then he said the guy with the claw would be behind him. I sat and waited and as you can see, he never did show.”

According to the schedule on Advance Disposal's website - yard and bulk pick-up is supposed to happen every other week. That means the trash will sit there until at least August 18th. It’s not a pleasant site for people who live in the neighborhood.

“They come clean up their houses and keep their lawns all neat and then they got to look across the street. How would you like to have a pretty house with a nice lawn, and you look across the street and it looks like an alley? That’s all I’m saying.”

Aside from all of the debris needing to be picked up, the sidewalk beyond it really needs to be cleared. Right now there's no sidewalk. It's completely overgrown.

“It's not wheelchair accessible because if somebody comes down there with wheelchairs they have to come to the street where there’s excessive speed. Someone is taking the chance of getting hit.”

Fox 2 contacted the City of Detroit. They said the Department of Public Works would check out the problem. That’s all Davis – a retired army veteran of 27 years -  is asking for. He wants the issue checked out and cleaned up.

“I think I did my little part for my country. All I’m asking my city to do is do a little part for me - and pick this up please? That's all I’m asking.”

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