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Grant Keenan, Managing Director of Keenan Recycling with Hunter & Haughey

From oil paintings to food waste: Keenan Recycling story on The Go Radio Business Show with Hunter & Haughey

Grant Keenan, the driving force behind Keenan Recycling – the UK’s largest independent food waste collection company – was recently invited on The Go Radio Business Show with Sir Tom Hunter & Lord Haughey. In the podcast, Grant talks about his journey from door-to-door salesman to sustainability champion. It’s a fascinating listen, filled with valuable lessons for aspiring entrepreneurs.


Learning by doing and finding the right wall

Grant’s story emphasises the importance of “learning by doing.” His initial venture in the fuel business, while demanding, lacked the potential for significant growth. As Grant himself puts it, he had his “ladder against the wrong wall.” This realisation led him to seek a more sustainable and impactful path.

Family. Determination. Success.

Grant’s success wouldn’t be possible without his supportive family. His wife, Claire Keenan, exemplifies this, managing the entire collection crew and obtaining her transport manager qualification to actively build the business. His brother, Gregor Keenan, also plays a crucial role, running the company’s facilities. This strong family foundation and unwavering determination are key ingredients in Keenan Recycling’s recipe for success.

From humble beginnings to national coverage

Grant’s entrepreneurial drive started with selling oil paintings door-to-door. He then channelled that same work ethic into food waste collection. His vision was simple: divert food waste from landfills. This “simple” yet crucial mission has blossomed into a nationwide operation. Today, Keenan Recycling provides food waste collection services across every UK postcode, all managed with our own fleet of vehicles.

More than just business

While financial success is important, Grant highlights the significance of passion and purpose. Working towards a sustainable future adds an extra layer of meaning to Keenan Recycling’s endeavours.

Lessons learned

Grant’s interview offers valuable insights for aspiring entrepreneurs:

  • Find your passion: Choose a path that aligns with your values and allows you to make a positive impact.
  • Embrace “learning by doing”: Don’t be afraid to jump in and learn as you go.
  • Surround yourself with a strong support system: A supportive family or team is crucial for long-term success.
  • Identify opportunities: Look for areas where your skills and effort can translate into exponential rewards.

Turning food waste into a sustainable future

Keenan Recycling’s story is more than just a business success tale. It’s a testament to the power of family, determination, and a commitment to a greener future. By diverting food waste from landfills and promoting sustainable practices, Keenan Recycling is helping to build a healthier planet for everyone.