NEWARK - Sanitation workers in Newark say they started to receive layoff notices from the city today.

The notices come ahead of a scheduled furlough day for trash collectors on Sept. 29.

Nearly 250 sanitation workers have received the notices warning that layoffs could come in the next 45 days.

In a statement regarding the possibility of privatizing the city's sanitation services, city officials said, "The administration has found significant savings in alternative and outsourced models for sanitation." The mayor's administration also says the privatized models would likely employ most of the city's current sanitation workforce.

The city points out that a private company already provides sanitation services to the South Ward.

Click here for the full statement from the Newark mayor?s office.