In today’s society environmental issues are high on the agenda for any business but particularly those working in the oil and gas industry.
During exploration and production activities, the oil and gas industry has the potential to generate a high volume of waste so it is crucial for these organisations to be environmentally responsible and to be working towards safeguarding the environment for future generations.
Encouraging staff to recycle within the workplace is common practice with companies providing easy-to-use recycling stations for items such as paper, cans and plastics. Many new build offices are also now being specifically designed to be environmentally friendly using recycled materials, solar efficiency and sensor activated lighting.
Some larger organisations have even introduced schemes such as car sharing in an effort to reduce the carbon footprint which is also a step towards reducing damage to the environment.
Despite recycling being high on the agenda for most companies, there are still thousands of tonnes of waste going to landfill each year as some items are more difficult to recycle than others. In addition to being bad for the environment, companies are also faced with high landfill tax costs on the tonnage.
Aberdeenshire firm Keenan Recycling, based at New Deer, has come up with a solution to help North-east companies increase their recycling even more with a view to close the recycling loop and moving towards zero waste to landfill.
The company’s Commercial Food Waste Collection Service creates BSI accredited compost from items such as leftover food, kitchen waste, coffee grounds, cups and paper towels collected from businesses in the North-East.
A number of companies already using the scheme are reporting an increase in their recycling of up to 30%, which means that their waste to landfill has been reduced by the same figure.
The food waste recycling scheme has been backed by First Minister Alex Salmond as part of the Scottish Government Zero Waste Plan, which sets out key actions and new targets to tackle the near 20 million tonnes of waste produced in Scotland every year.
The Government plans to introduce legislation requiring mandatory food waste collections by 2013, leading to savings for local authorities.
Keenan Recycling’s service can be used by a range of companies that generate a large volume of food waste on a regular basis, such as organisations with in-house kitchen facilities to cater for members of staff, shopping centres with food courts and coffee houses, hotels, catering firms and restaurants which have a large amount of food waste on a daily basis.
Once the food waste is collected it is then taken to Keenan’s award winning £3.2million facility which hosts the biggest vertical composting unit in Europe.
Managing Director of Keenan Recycling, Grant Keenan, said:
“Many companies already recycle the usual cans, plastic, cardboard and paper but food waste is the final piece in the recycling jigsaw.
The whole process is clean, safe and energy efficient and our collection service can be used by a variety of companies. We are already working with a number of firms in Aberdeen and some are also taking the compost back to use in their grounds.
The collection service allows businesses to help the environment and increase recycling rates but it’s also a huge leap towards the target of zero waste to landfill.”
Keenan Recycling recently scooped the Best Private Sector Initiative Award at the Scottish Waste & Resources Awards 2010 for the second year in a row.
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