MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - Solid Waste company, Waste Pro, is ready to tackle trash in Memphis.
Mayor Jim Strickland announced last week that the city terminated its contract with Inland Waste because of customer complaints and performance issues. Waste Pro will take over the remainder of Inland's contract which ends June 30th of next year.
We met with Roland Joyner, Waste Pro's regional Vice President, at their facility off Stateline Road in Southaven, Mississippi. Joyner said maintaining a well-trained staff and state of the art equipment is the secret to a successful business. He said Waste Pro also recognizes employees for their hard work and dedication.
"We offer a three-year safety bonus for employees that go accident injury free for three years $10,000 for drivers. $5,000 dollars for helpers. $5,0000 dollars for maintenance staff," said Joyner.
Waste Pro will take over areas formerly serviced by Inland Waste, including Cordova and Hickory Hill. Customers complained for months that Inland didn't pick up the trash and garbage was piling up. Inland blamed the problem on a staffing shortage.
Mayor Strickland terminated Inland's contract and held a news conference Friday, where he announced Waste Pro would take over garbage collection for the remainder of the contract.
"We'll make that as smooth as possible for Memphis residents as we possibly can. There will be some hiccups here and there. But once those hiccups are recognized we will react quickly," said Joyner.
Bids for a long-term contract will go out in October.