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Businesses Urged To Prepare For New Waste Regulations

An organic waste recycling firm is urging Scottish businesses to prepare early for new waste regulations being introduced for Scotland.

Keenan Recycling, which transforms food and garden waste into compost at a facility near New Deer in Aberdeenshire, has welcomed the move by the Scottish Government to force businesses to separate its recyclable waste over the next four years.

However, the firm say the regulations are set to affect many businesses and they are encouraging business leaders to consider the changes and begin introducing systems now to ensure they are compliant with the regulations.

The Waste (Scotland) Regulations will require all businesses to separate paper and card, plastic, metal and glass for recycling no later than January 2014. Businesses producing more than 50kg of food waste per week will also have to separate this from landfill waste.

By January 2016, any businesses producing more than just 5kg of food waste per week will need to recycle it. Managing Director of Keenan Recycling, Grant Keenan, said:

“50kg of food waste accounts for just 45% of a standard household wheelie bin, therefore, these regulations are definitely going to affect any business that prepares, processes or sells food within the next 18 months. January 2014 may seem a distance away but businesses must have processes in place well in advance of the regulations coming into force and it will take time for businesses to find the best solution.”

The organics recycling company deals with tens of thousands of tonnes of food and green waste from local authorities all over Scotland and also offers a recycling service to businesses and food processors with green targets.

The commercial collection scheme was the first of its kind in the North-east allowing organisations to recycle items such as leftover food, coffee grounds, cups and paper towels. The firm currently processes in excess of 70,000 tonnes of organic waste per year and operates collections in areas including Aberdeen, Elgin, Inverness and Dundee.

Keenan Recycling create BSI (British Standard) accredited compost from the food and garden waste at their award winning £5m site, which is one of the largest facilities of its kind in the world.

Around 97% of the compost produced is used by local farmers to increase nutrients in the land which reduces the use of chemical fertilisers.

Keenan Recycling is offering a free needs analysis to any business concerned about the new food waste regulations. For more information contact 01771 644883.

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