Veolia Environmental Services has dropped all legal proceedings against Thurrock Council.
A VES spokesperson said: "We can confirm that we have withdrawn our potential legal proceedings against Thurrock Council relating to the award of its waste collection and recycling services contract. The company looks forward to continuing to operate both Thurrock's household waste recycling centres (HWRCs), manage the composting of green waste from its HWRCs and be responsible for the disposal of part of its household waste."
No reason for the change of position was given.
A spokesman for Thurrock Council said: "Thurrock Council is pleased to confirm the Veolia action has now been withdrawn. We now look forward to working with Veolia and their staff in delivering these key front-line services to the residents of Thurrock."
In February, VES sought a High Court injunction against Thurrock after it awarded its waste collection service to its own in-house bid. Before the seven-year contract came up for renewal, VES had provided services for Thurrocks kerbside collections, green waste processing, residual waste disposal, recyclates collections and managed HWRCs in the area. (See MRW story)
However, almost a month later VES decided to drop these initial proceedings to bring fresh action against the local authority. (see MRW story)