A North-east organics recycling firm has secured a contract to recycle food and garden waste for Moray Council.
Keenan Recycling, based at New Deer in Aberdeenshire, will transform an estimated 14,000 tonnes of waste per year from the local authority into British Standard Industry (BSI) compost.
The authority currently generates 9,000 tonnes per year of green waste from kerbside collections and recycling centres but the newly introduced food waste collection is expected to generate up to an additional 5,000 tonnes of waste every year.
Keenan Recycling already deals with tens of thousands of tonnes of food and green waste from local authorities all over Scotland at their award winning £5m site, which hosts the largest vertical composting unit facility in Europe and joint largest in the world with a similar site in Canada.
The company had previously recycled only garden waste from Moray Council but the food waste collection service was rolled out to 34,500 households in August. With kerbside collections set to extend to homes in rural areas, 42,000 households will benefit from the service by the end of the year.
Managing Director of Keenan Recycling, Grant Keenan, said:
“Introducing food waste to the green recycling in Moray will divert a large amount of waste from landfill on an annual basis. Residents can now put all their household food waste in with their garden waste for kerbside collection, which is then recycled into high quality compost.
Local authorities across Scotland are up against some tough targets to reduce waste to landfill figures and this service goes a long way to help meet them.”
Moray Council Waste Disposal Officer, Craig McIntosh, said:
“Introducing food waste to our current kerbside collection will help Moray Council to meet Scottish Government targets which requires 50% of total waste to be recycled or recovered by 2013.
This is an effective way to increase our recycling figures with little or no change to the current service”
Keenan Recycling also offers a recycling service to businesses and food processors with green targets, allowing organisations to recycle item such as leftover food, coffee grounds, cups and paper towels.
They currently process around 100,000 tonnes of organic waste per year.
The food collection 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.
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