A leading Buchan organic recycling firm has reached a significant mileston on the third anniversary of its award-winning food collection service.
Keenan Recycling, based at New Deer, officialy launched the commercial food waste collection scheme on July 28, 2010, and has collected and recycling 20,000 tonnes of food waste from business in the North-east since its inception.
Today, 650 customers from a range of businesses including large oil companies, hotels, restaurants and food processors use the service to recycle items such as leftover food, coffee grounds, cups and paper towels. The waste is then used to create British Standard Industry accredited compost for farming and horticultural use.
Managing director Grant Keenan said the service has become increasingly popular since it was launched.
He said: “By January 1, 2014, any businesses producing more than 50kg of food waste per week will need to recycle it, so it is important for companies to put plans in place to prepare for the new legislation.
“The composting operation also provides environmental benefits as organic material tipped in landfill sites gives rise to large quantities of methane, one of the worst greenhouse gases, unlike the composting process which does not produce the gas.”
The firmhas expanded into Inverness and the surrounding areas and invested £250,000 in two new lorries, increasing its fleet to five to strengthen its specialist food waste collection service and prepare for zero waste regulations.