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How three Newry brothers built a multi-million pound waste recycling business

It’s a waste of time. While the pun is fully intended, that’s the sort of encouragement Joseph Doherty and his two brothers, Colin and Aidan, were getting as they conceived the idea that would become Re-Gen Waste back in 2004 – a Newry company set to turnover £70m in revenue this year.

Joseph openly admits he didn’t know the first thing about waste back in 2004. He had spent the previous three years working in his father’s construction business after completing a construction management degree at university. His brother, Aidan, had been to Canada and knew there was a future in waste. Joseph agreed – they were slightly ahead of the curve.

But as Joseph attests, they needed a focus; waste was such a wide and varying field, so they narrowed in on what they wanted to achieve.

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