CARMEL, Ind. (WISH) — The mayor of Carmel called Republic Services on Friday for its failure to pick up trash and recyclables after the city worked through the night clearing snow from its 500 miles of roads this morning.

In a press release Friday afternoon, Brainard said he told Republic administrators that Carmel’s 92-vehicle snow removal fleet cleared its streets at 8 a.m. Friday. He called Republic for not having drivers available by noon Friday to pick up trash and recyclables, and noted that the city government had offered to help.

“We had conversations with the Republic on Thursday evening during which they agreed to honor the terms of their contract and pick up the trash today,” the mayor said in the Friday afternoon statement. “As a result of this conversation, the City of Carmel sent out a press release to the public and media stating that they will be picking up trash Friday from homes that are normally scheduled for Thursday. I am very disappointed that they did not not kept their promise.

The Republican mayor says he is considering legal action for breach of contract. “Under the contract, the City must accept any delay in service and we have not,” Brainard said in Friday afternoon’s press release.

Republic Services sent a statement to News 8 in response to the mayor’s comments.

The Republic Services team cares about the communities we serve, and the safety of employees and residents is our top priority. Due to the severe winter storm that affected many areas across the country, we made an initial decision to suspend service on Thursday. We continued to monitor conditions and forecasts and determined that it would not be safe to operate on Friday. We are proud to serve the Carmel community and look forward to resuming service as soon as it is safe to do so.

Declaration of January 4, 2022 by the Services of the Republic