Local organic recycling company reaches key milestone

Managing director Grant Keenan, Keenan Recycling Ltd,  with one of the vertical composting units on his HQ at New Deer.
Managing director Grant Keenan, Keenan Recycling Ltd, with one of the vertical composting units on his HQ at New Deer.

Keenan Recycling, based at New Deer, officially launched the commercial food waste collection scheme on 28 July 2010, and has collected and recycled 20,000 tonnes of food waste, which equates to the same weight as 83 Boeing 747 aeroplanes, from businesses in the North-east since its inception.

The waste is then used to create British Standard Industry accredited compost for farming and horticultural use. Today, 650 customers from a range of businesses including large oil companies, hotels, restaurants and food processors use the service to recycle items such as leftover food, coffee grounds, cups and paper towels, significantly boosting their recycling rates.