Jim Brainard, Mayor of Carmel said he was considering a breach of contract lawsuit against Republic Services after the company canceled garbage and recycling pickup in the city on Friday, according to a statement from the city.
Brainard said the city received confirmation from Republic Services on Thursday that the company would pick up Carmel garbage and recycling containers on Friday, but Republic told city staff Friday morning that garbage service would not be taking place. , according to the press release.
Due to Republic assurance, the Carmel Street Department worked Thursday through Friday to plow all city streets after snow from winter storm Landonsays the press release.
“We had conversations with Republic on Thursday night during which they agreed to honor the terms of their contract and pick up the trash today,” Brainard said in the statement. “As a result of this conversation, the City of Carmel sent out a press release to the public and the media stating that they will be picking up trash on Fridays from homes that are normally scheduled on Thursdays. I am very disappointed that they will not did not keep their promise.
Brainard said in the statement that under Carmel’s contract with Republic, the city must accept any delays in service. After no service on Friday, Brainard is considering legal action for breach of contract, the statement said.
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According to the city, Republic Services said the decision not to have service in Carmel on Friday was due to a lack of drivers and road conditions outside the city.
The company said Friday that it “cares about the communities we serve and the safety of employees and residents is our top priority.”
The decision to suspend the service again came after monitoring the weather and determining that it would not be safe to operate on Friday, the company said in a press release.
“We are proud to serve the Carmel community and look forward to resuming service as soon as it is safe to do so,” the company said.
Republic plans to pick up trash and recycling from Thursday and Friday customers next week, according to the city.
“What does Republic do in cold climates like Minnesota, Northern Michigan, etc. that have this type of weather all year round?” Brainard said in the release. “Are they refusing to honor their contracts with taxpayers in these areas? It has more to do with poor planning than the snowfall we had yesterday.
In Indianapolis, which also receives services from Republic, the city’s Department of Public Works said Wednesday that trash and recycling services would be suspended Thursday and Friday.
“Residents affected by this suspension will be provided with double service on their next day of service,” a statement from the Department of Public Works said Wednesday. “For standard garbage collection, this will be next Thursday and Friday. Additional garbage bags will be serviced if placed next to carts for collection.”
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