Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Bryson to challenge council's recycling plans

Banbridge Council's changes to recycling procedures are "against the best interests of the taxpayer" and will put jobs at risk, according to a recycling company.

Bryson Recycling has launched a legal challenge to the Council's decision to bring recycling in-house.

The social enterprise company, which has provided household recycling collection in the district for 10 years, issued a pre-action protocol letter on April 5, challenging the Council's plans.

The letter constitutes the first stage of a judicial review.

Bryson are seeking to challenge Banbridge Council's decision on February 7 not to retender for a recycling service following the end of the contract on March 31.

Eric Randall, Director of Bryson Recycling, said bringing the service in-house was against the interests of residents, was not the best value option and would impact adversely on jobs and recycling effectiveness.

Banbridge Council issued a statement which said: "Banbridge District Council categorically refutes the allegations being made."