News in brief (21/06/23)

With news on: Reconomy Group acquires Ecofficiency Limited; Morrisons to stock recyclable disposable vape product; LondonEnergy supports sustainable art exhibition; Community Wood Recycling and Eastenders partner.

Reconomy Group acquires Ecofficiency Limited

Reconomy Group has announced the acquisition of Ecofficiency Limited, a Doncaster-based provider of waste management solutions.

Reconomy Group said that the transaction is set to strengthen its position across the UK’s construction, infrastructure and house-building waste management sectors.

Guy Wakeley, chief executive of Reconomy Group

According to Reconomy Group, this acquisition follows those of Denmark-based green-tech business Combineering in February and UK Waste Solutions Limited in May. 

Guy Wakeley, chief executive of Reconomy Group, commented: “Reconomy is delivering on our strategy of strong growth, and through global acquisitions that strengthen and differentiate our offering. Ecofficiency enhances our remediation capabilities and will be a fantastic addition to Reconomy as we relentlessly pursue our joint ambition of a more circular, sustainable economy.”

Morrisons to stock ‘recyclable disposable vape’

Supermarket chain Morrisons has started to stock a single-use vape product which it said “independent tests” have shown to be 99% plus recyclable.

Tests have shown the disposable vape product to be 99% plus recyclable, the manufacturers say

The product which will be stocked at some 1,500 Morrisons daily stores and supermarkets across the UK is called SLIX. According to the retailer, stocking this product “fits with the company’s sustainability strategy”.

The product’s manufacturer, ANDS, explained that SLIX comprises an outer casing made entirely of 100% recyclable high-grade cardboard, with a degradable silicone mouthpiece and end piece. ANDS added that it has been tested by a specialist vape waste firm Waste Experts, which found the product to be 99.29% recyclable and recoverable. SLIX is also lighter and therefore creates less waste by weight, ANDS continued.

LondonEnergy supports ‘sustainable art exhibition’

LondonEnergy said it has teamed up with ‘The University of Hertfordshire Collective’ to host a sustainable art exhibition at The Truman Brewery, London.

The exhibition is titled Modern Materials and runs from Friday 30 June until Sunday 2 July. It is set to focus on sustainable techniques to showcase ways to reduce waste, recycle and redefine used objects into contemporary art.

LondonEnergy’s sponsorship aims to help fund a series of creative experiential events which are to take place across London until July

The Collective features 20 artists from the University who have just completed their final degree show and have been working on their ecology project since 2021, LondonEnergy outlined, adding that this has involved using recycled materials to create art. Some of the items reworked into art were sourced from LondonEnergy’s reuse shop in Chingford.

LondonEnergy’s sponsorship is set to provide funding for materials, the production of artwork, and promotional materials. The company also aims to help fund a series of creative experiential events which are to take place across London until July.

London Energy is the council-owned contractor which manages the North London Waste Authority’s waste disposal contracts.

Community Wood Recycling and Eastenders in wood recycling project

Community Wood Recycling has saved over 52 tonnes of waste timber through a scheme with the BBC’s show Eastenders. 

This project, which has been running since October 2022, means that wood waste produced by Eastenders when sets are upgraded or storylines come to an end is dealt with in the most sustainable way by saving it for reuse in the local community or even giving it a new life in Albert Square. Any material that can’t be reused is recycled by chipping, meaning that nothing goes to landfill.

Of the 52 tonnes collected, 22 tonnes were “pushed up the waste hierarchy into reuse”.

Richard Mehmed, CWR managing director, said: “The opportunity BBC Studios has given us on one of the country’s best-loved shows has helped us to start conversations with TV and film productions all over the country, and as a result we are already seeing more take up of our services and more timber being saved.”

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