Expands with resource management office in France

Geminor sees potential in the growing French waste market, and opens office in Toulouse.

Geminor  has decided to open a French office to meet the demands of the growing French waste market. The office was officially opened 15. November, in the region of Midi Pyrenees, in Portet-sur-Garonne near Toulouse.

Account & Development Manager at Geminor, Kai Schopwinkel, has worked for Geminor since 2013 and holds experience from both the Norwegian, UK and German waste industry markets. Kai has lived most of his life in France, knows the industry well and will now take charge of the new office in Toulouse.

– The French waste industry has for long been dominated by landfill. Today, approximately 20 percent of the French waste is sent to incineration. As much as 1/3 of this waste is incinerated with no energy recovery, says Schopwinkel.

French market is maturing

But this is about to change. The French Government is setting higher targets for both energy recovery and material recycling, Schopwinkel explains.

– The authorities have set a goal of 100 percent recycling of plastics by 2025 – one of a few moves to match EU’s targets for a more complete circular economy. It is expected that as much as 10 million tonnes of waste will be redirected from landfill to recycling and energy recovery in the coming five years. At the moment, the French market is mainly about waste wood and paper products, which is where we will put our efforts and focus in the time to come, says Schopwinkel.

CEO of Geminor, Kjetil Vikingstad, is excited about the opportunities linked to the new office in France.

– We aim to establish our services in France and make the industry players a part of our international partner network. At the moment there are small volumes going out of the country, but in time we see the potential for considerable export of SRF, RDF and waste wood, Kjetil Vikingstad explains.

– France has a great potential for transferring waste from landfill to more sustainable options, such as material and energy recycling. Our goal is to contribute to this market transition in the years to come, says Geminor CEO Kjetil Vikingstad.

In addition to France, Geminor presently has offices and HUBs in Scandinavia, the UK, Germany, Finland and Poland.