Firm triples customer base in past year

Keenan Recycling's  transport and logistics manager Andy Gunn.
Keenan Recycling's transport and logistics manager Andy Gunn.

A Buchan 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, has seen its client list rise from 600 to 1,800, and now collects more than 60,000 tonnes of waste, due to the Waste (Scotland) Regulations, which came into force in January 2013.

To meet demand from clients, the firm has 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 January 1, 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.

Commenting on the first year under the new regulations, 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,” he added.