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North-East Organic Recycling Firm Continues To Grow A Year On From New Regulations

A leading Scottish organic recycling firm has tripled its customer base since the introduction of new food waste recycling regulations affecting businesses across the country.

Keenan Recycling, which is based at New Deer in Aberdeenshire, has seen its client list rise from 600 to 1800, and now collects more than 60,000 tonnes of waste, due to the Waste (Scotland) Regulations, which came into force in January 2014.

To meet demand from clients, the firm which specialises in turning food and garden waste into BSI accredited bulk organic fertiliser compost for agriculture and horticulture use, has also invested millions of pounds in specialist equipment to strengthen its operations stretching from Stonehaven in the south to Tain in the North.

The Waste (Scotland) Regulations came into effect on 1 January 2014 and requires businesses of all sizes producing more than 50kg of food waste per week to separate it from landfill or they could face a fine.

Companies involved in the processing, distribution, preparation or sale of food also have to recycle their food waste. By January 2016, any businesses producing more than just 5kg of food waste per week will need to recycle it.

In November 2014, Keenan Recycling signed Scotland’s Resource Sector Commitment, which is designed to set consistent standards for business waste collections and to help deliver the country’s zero waste targets. It has been developed by Zero Waste Scotland in collaboration with resource management industry and small business representatives.

Through the initiative, the company has continued to provide customers with high quality recycling services, and given advice on preventing waste and using resources efficiently.

Keenan Recycling, managing director, Grant Keenan, said:

“2014 was an incredible year for us with our business doubling in size almost overnight as a result of the new Waste (Scotland) Regulations coming into force. As we draw closer to the deadlines in 2016 we expect to continue to grow and strengthen our position in the industry.

We have continued to invest in new vehicles to add to our fleet which will help us provide the best service and we are looking forward to taking on many more new clients as well as continuing relationships with existing customers.”

Keenan Recycling is responsible for collecting and processing food and other organic waste, such as paper towels and coffee cups, from a range of businesses across the North and North-east of Scotland, including award-winning restaurants and large shopping centres.

The materials are turned into compost at the company’s Aberdeenshire base, which is in turn sold on to farmers and other produce growers.

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