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Legal action fears prompt REconomy CIC name change

A programme supporting third sector recycling development has had to change its name after a commercial recycling company threatened legal action.

REconomy Community Interest Company (CIC) has changed its name to REalliance Community Interest Company following a challenge from Reconomy Holdings Ltd, a subsidiary of private equity firm Englefield Capital. Reconomy Holdings Ltd applied to trademark the word Reconomy soon after the programme was launched in June this year.

Reconomy Holdings owns 11 recycling businesses and said that the activities of the new CIC could be confused with theirs. REalliance told MRW it had attempted to explore a partnership with Reconomy Holdings but this was rejected. 

REalliance managing director Matthew Thomson said: We regret the name change because we think supporting third sector activities is quite different from delivering recycling services and we were not in any way seeking to misrepresent our activities. We have neither the resources nor the remit to challenge the legal action threatened by Reconomy Holdings.

REalliance will continue to work with Waste & Resources Action Programme on the delivery of the Third Sector Capacity Building Programme which is scheduled to run until 2011.

Image: The Furniture Reuse Network (shop pictured) along with other third sector networks such as the Community Recycling Network and Local Community Recycling Network will help to distribute funding from the REalliance programme.



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