An Aberdeenshire green recycling company has embarked on a £1.3 million expansion of their site as part of the Scottish Government Zero Waste Plan.
New Deer-based Keenan Recycling has secured a percentage of funding from the Scottish Government for the expansion which is due to get underway in March 2011.
The organics recycling company deals with tens of thousands of tonnes of food and green waste from local authorities all over Scotland and also offer a recycling service to businesses and food processors with green targets.
The business, launched by brothers Grant and Gregor Keenan in 2001, transforms food and garden waste into BSI accredited compost at the award winning £3.2m facility.
The site, based on the outskirts of New Deer, in Aberdeenshire, currently hosts twelve vertical composting units (VCU’s) and the expansion will see the site host a further six VCU’s enabling them to process a further 15,000 tonnes of waste. The site currently processes in excess of 40,000 tonnes of organic waste per year, with VCU capacity of 30,000 tonnes.
Managing Director of Keenan Recycling, Grant Keenan, said:
“The expansion comes following the success of the Commercial Food Waste scheme and will place Keenan Recycling as the largest VCU site in Europe and joint largest in the world with a site in Canada, which is a fantastic achievement for the business.
Since launching the business we have continually strived towards approaching the waste issue through innovative ideas and approaches to ensure that we are industry leaders in organics recycling. This £1m expansion to our Aberdeenshire site will further place us in a key position for additional growth in the future.”
This year Keenan Recycling 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.
The food collection 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 recently scooped the Best Private Sector Initiative Award at the Scottish Waste & Resources Awards 2010 for the second year in a row.
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