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Newry company Re-Gen Waste had a visit to their materials recovery facility this week from Minister of Finance, Conor Murphy.

During the visit to their Newry premises Minister Murphy heard about their significant investments over the last six months, dealing with Covid19, Brexit issues and innovation projects leading to diversification into new areas of activity.

The company operates at a 300,000 tonnes-a-year capacity and Mr Murphy was shown how Re-Gen processes household waste using its hi-tech equipment and presently is developing industry leading Energy from Waste technologies.

The Minister also learned how Re-Gen Waste, as a designated essential business, was a vital cog during the Covid19 lockdown, ensuring that Councils’ waste continued to flow and where it expanded operations to support new councils, who came under pressure to process waste during the crisis.

Finance Minister Conor Murphy with Re-Gen Waste’s MD Joseph Doherty on a visit to their waste recovery facility in Newry. Photograph: Pacemaker
Finance Minister Conor Murphy with Re-Gen Waste’s MD Joseph Doherty on a visit to their waste recovery facility in Newry. Photograph: Pacemaker

Meeting with the company's Managing Director Joseph Doherty, Mr Murphy discussed the Northern Irish Protocol and the relationship between NI the UK and ROI after Brexit, immigration issues and future development opportunities for the company, to support the circular economy.

Mr Murphy said: “Waste management is a vital service and I was delighted to visit Re-Gen to see their sorting processes first-hand and hear how they’ve adapted their working practices throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It was great to hear about their exciting plans for growth in the Newry area which will help support the local economy and provide jobs in the difficult times ahead.”

Joseph Doherty added: “We appreciate the Minister’s support of our business and the progressive nature of our operations. It was great to be able to welcome him to site and bring to life the genuine impact we are delivering to the economy, through our business operations.

“We recognise that the successes we have achieved so far, have been largely due to our exceptionally hard working and diligent staff, who demonstrate every day that they care about getting things right.”

Re-Gen Waste has delivered rapid growth in recent years, investing £9 million in its operations and doubling turnover in the last three years alone.

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