A decision by the Banbridge District Council to bring recycling services in house and not to renew its contract will be challenged by a recycling company. Branson Recycling says the decision by the council is flawed and not in the best interests of residents.
Banbridge has been provided recycling services by Bryson recycling for 10 years and the contract is set to expire in March 2012. A waste management consulting firm was hired by Bryson to review the council’s decision that was taken in February. Judicial review proceeding has started since Bryson believes they have sufficient evidence proving the decision made was flawed.
Bryson’s director, Eric Randal believes the decision was taken against what is best for ratepayers and residents. He also believes it does not offer the best value option in terms of cost or employment impact for the borough. Bryson says there will not be a savings of £3m like forecasted but rather a cost increase of over £600,000. The jobs of over 35 Bryson employees will be possibly lost even though three jobs will be safeguarded per the council.