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North-East Recycling Firm Scoops Major Industry Award

Keenan Recycling at the Scottish Waste & Resources Awards 2010

An Aberdeenshire green recycling business has won a prestigious industry award for the second year in a row. Keenan Recycling, based at Hillhead of Auchreddie at New Deer, scooped the Best Private Sector Initiative Award at the Scottish Waste & Resources Awards 2010.

It’s the second time that the family-run business has been named winners of the prestigious title which recognises best practice and innovation in waste, recycling and resource management.

The business, launched by brothers Grant and Gregor Keenan in 2001, recycles garden waste from a number of Scottish local authorities and also food waste for Aberdeen City Council into BSI accredited compost.

This year they also launched a commercial food waste collection service to help local businesses to increase their recycling rates.

The scheme, which is the first of its kind in the North-East, allows organisations in the North-east to recycle item such as leftover food, coffee grounds, cups and paper towels.

Accepting the award at a dinner in Glasgow, Managing Director Grant Keenan said:

“Winning this for the second year in a row is a great achievement for the business and it’s recognition for the entire Keenan Recycling team for their commitment to the environment and our drive towards zero waste.

We continually strive towards approaching the waste issue through innovative ideas and approaches to ensure that we are industry leaders in organics recycling.”

The organics recycling company deals with tens of thousands of tonnes of food and green waste from local authorities all over Scotland and can also offer a recycling service to businesses and food processors with green targets.

Keenan Recycling’s food waste recycling scheme has been backed by First Minister Alex Salmond as part of the Scottish Government Zero Waste Plan, which sets out key actions and new targets to tackle the near 20 million tonnes of waste produced in Scotland every year.

The Government plans to introduce legislation requiring mandatory food waste collections by 2013. Keenan Recycling’s award winning £3.2m facility at New Deer currently hosts the biggest vertical composting unit in Europe.

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