A company which collects recycled waste from more than half of Northern Ireland's households has launched a High Court challenge to how a local authority decided not to renew its contract.
Bryson Recycling is seeking to judicially review Banbridge District Council's move to bring domestic services in-house.
Bryson Recycling, which was contracted until March 2012, issued legal proceedings after the council decided not to re-tender for kerbside collections.
Stewart Beattie QC, counsel for Bryson, said that the council's decision to go in-house was of secondary importance to the overall impact.
“From a very early stage the council say they don't have to consult with any private enterprise, including contractors. That is something we do take issue with,” he said.
The council has denied the allegations and stated the move was based on achieving best value.
The case continues.