MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - New contractors are on the way to help clean up trash troubles in Memphis.
Thursday we learned the city has hired new contractors to help Inland Waste clear its backlog, and for the first time, Inland Waste is acknowledging the issues started with an employee walkout.
The city says contractors clearing yard waste started Wednesday and new contractors for curb service will start Friday.
"It does not look good for the city or the neighborhood, especially the neighborhood," Leotha Wilson said.
Thursday, a city spokesperson said more contractors will be on the job Friday to supplement Inland Waste, which picks up about 20 percent of the city's trash.
There isn't a figure yet for how much extra the city will spend.
"It really pushes your image down, and a lot of times I hate to come down this street and see this stuff," Frank Tarrance said.
City of Memphis pays inland Waste more than $4.2 million annually, according to a service contract obtained by Kendall Downing. There are provisions within the contract that state the city can terminate the agreement.
"We're looking at our legal options with regard to Inland," Mayor Jim Strickland said.
On Thursday, the parent company of Inland Waste released a statement saying the issues started earlier this month when they experienced a driver shortage without notice.
The statement goes on to say new drivers are in training and a plan was discussed with the city to have all services current by Monday, April 23.
Here is the full statement from Bob Mathis, Regional VP of Bobcat North America: