Scottish organic waste management company, Keenan Recycling, has announced plans to enter the English market by offering food waste collections to businesses across the North East.
The Scottish-based company announced the plans last week and says it will work with local businesses and other waste management firms in the region to collect food waste.
According to the company, this will then be taken to High Hedley Biogas Plant in County Durham, where it will be put through an anaerobic digester and turned into electricity.
Commenting on the move, Grant Keenan, managing director at Keenan Recycling, explained that it was a natural geographical progression to move into the North East as the company already operates in the borders of Scotland.
“We’re very excited to bring our food waste management service to the North East and we’re looking forward to working with businesses across the region who are conscious about creating a greener environment,” he explained.
Mr Keenan added: “Although it is a legal requirement in Scotland, recycling food waste in England is a concept that many will not be familiar with, but we hope that we can encourage individuals to really think about the food they throw away, rather than going to landfill.”
Headquartered in Aberdeen, Keenan Recycling says it currently employs more than 90 people across a range of roles in the head office and bases in Edinburgh and Fife, as well as across the company’s two recycling facilities, a 14-acre site in New Deer, Aberdeenshire and a site in Cumbernauld.
The firm, which collects food and garden waste from commercial facilities, has an £8.5 million turnover, which it has said it is looking to grow up to £40 million in the next five years.
The move comes six months after the company expanded its operation in the north-east of Scotland with a six-figure investment in a second base, which it said would enable it to “gear up” for expansion into the North East (see letsrecycle.com story).
The six figure investment saw the company move from its previous headquarters at New Deer in Aberdeenshire to a new office in Aberdeen’s Innovation Park in the city’s Bridge of Don area, allowing for easier movement across the border.