New Deer firm in finals

SUCCESS: Gregor (left) and Grant Keenan of Keenan Recycling which is in the running for two Northern Stars.
SUCCESS: Gregor (left) and Grant Keenan of Keenan Recycling which is in the running for two Northern Stars.

AN award-winning North-east organics recycling firm has succeeded in securing two finalist positions in one of Aberdeen’s most high profile awards.

Keenan Recycling has been selected as contenders in the Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce Northern Star Business Awards in both the overall small business and green award categories.

Launched in 2001, the firm run by brothers Grant and Gregor Keenan, transforms food and garden waste into BSI (British Standard) accredited compost at an award winning £5m facility at New Deer in Aberdeenshire, which is one of the largest facilities of its kind in the world.

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 local organisations to recycle items such as leftover food, coffee grounds, cups and paper towels.

By January 2014 all businesses in Scotland producing more than 50kg of food waste per week will have to separate it for recycling.

. Managing director, Grant Keenan said: “The North-east boasts many successful businesses and these awards always attract very high profile entries so we are honoured to have achieved two finalist positions.”