‘Recycling is my passion, recycling is my life,’ Surendra Borad Patawari told the latest International Electronics Recycling Congress in Salzburg. At the event, the founder and ceo of Belgium-headquartered Gemini Corporation received the IERC Honorary Award, which is presented every year to inspirational figures and leaders from the recycling sector.
‘Surendra Borad Patawari receives this award in recognition of his lifetime’s work in the sourcing, processing and reuse of raw materials with a view to the circular economy,’ said Jean Cox-Kearns, chairman of the steering committee of the IERC.
She also praised Patawari’s commitment to creating a social impact through multiple long-term initiatives in India. The entrepreneur has adopted 11 Indian villages to support their medical needs, built and operates two schools for 400 students, and supports the planting and maintenance of more than 100 000 trees.
‘I have been in the recycling business for 30 years and I am still passionate about it,’ says Patawari. ‘This award will add to my passion and will keep on reminding me that I have to work hard to remain worthy of the award.’
Patawari founded Gemini Corporation in 1989. Since then the company has grown into an international sourcing and supply organisation with operations spanning more than 40 countries. The product portfolio at Gemini includes core divisions of plastics, steel, rubber and paper.
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