New Deer firm Keenan Recycling has launched a free oil collection service that will help takeaways and other big kitchens to save money and reduce waste.
As well as takeaways and restaurants, the service is also available to large catering organisations, such as care homes, hospitals, universities and office canteens.
Keenan Recycling, which is headquartered at the Buchan village, has teamed up with Arrow Oils to launch the initiative.
Arrow will collect leftover oil from kitchens and ensure it is filtered and cleaned, ready to be utilised as an environmentally friendly fuel.
Customers can also buy their fresh oil from Arrow, as well as taking advantage of its batter collection and delivery service.
The firm’s managing director, Grant Keenan, said: “New rules were introduced on January 1 that mean every business in Scotland that’s producing more than 5kg of food waste needs to separate out those leftover scraps and recycle them instead of dumping them into landfill.
“If they don’t recycle their food waste then kitchens face big fines from the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency.
“By teaming up with Arrow Oils, we’re giving our customers the chance to have their food waste and leftover oil collected under the same contract, making it simpler and easier for them.
“It’s not just chippies either – restaurants, care homes, hospitals and staff canteens can benefit from this new scheme too.”
The average British chip shop produces around 50-100 litres of oil waste each week, along with about 1,000-1,500 litres of batter waste.
Calum Richardson, owner of award-winning The Bay Fish & Chips in Stonehaven, which is already using the free oil collection service, said: “When I first approached Keenan Recycling about my food waste, I was sceptical because, as a takeaway, I didn’t think I had any.
“I’ve reduced my general waste by 75 percent and now have a much more economical attitude towards waste in general. It’s particularly helpful to see how much our bins weigh to give us an idea of how much is being discarded and where we could reduce waste.”