Recycler's legal bid dismissed by judge
A company which picks up recycled waste from more than half of Northern Ireland's households has lost its High Court challenge to a local authority moving collection services in-house.
Bryson Recycling Ltd was seeking to judicially review Banbridge District Council over its decision not to seek to renew its contract with the company.
But a judge dismissed the case after rejecting all grounds of challenge.
Mr Justice Treacy said: "The central issue in this case, that Bryson wants an opportunity to be awarded a public contract, is not amenable to judicial review.
"On that ground alone, Bryson's claim must fail."
The company had provided a kerbside box collection service for dry recyclable household waste from homes in the Banbridge area since 2004. Legal proceedings were issued after the council decided not to re-tender after its contract ended in March 2012.
With the firm claiming the decision is flawed, the court heard the case could have serious consequences for everyone involved in the waste-management industry.