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‘Investors are looking at us, the recyclers’

The road towards global circularity will be long and bumpy, says Surendra Patawari, founder and chairman of recycling major Gemini Corporation. ‘There is so much ignorance: three billion people have no access to proper collection systems. Three billion. How do you expect to get full recycling and circularity off the ground’?

Plastics and metals recycling firm Gemini may be more than 30 years old but its headquarters in the west of Belgium’s port city of Antwerp looks very young. It’s a modern, white, spacious office building featuring floor-to-ceiling windows and art decorating the walls. What’s more, the car park offers charging stations for both visitors and employees. ‘Obviously, being a circularity business, we were eager to be among the first adopters of greener solutions in mobility,’ says Surendra Patawari over Indian Jain lunch.

It was about time to be catching up with Gemini’s founder and chairman after three years which have been largely dictated by pandemic restrictions. No conferences, less travel, fewer face-to-face business meetings. Not that Gemini’s global activities stood still. On the contrary: Covid offered ‘plenty of challenges – not least on the logistics side,’ he says. At the same time, Gemini’s management team has been busy exploring new business opportunities.

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