2 May 2018 by Joshua Doherty

Keenan Recycling ‘gears up’ for expansion

Keenan Recycling has expanded its operation in the north-east of Scotland with a six-figure investment in a second base.

The Scottish business, which claims to be Scotland’s largest organic waste management company, say the move will help it “gear up” for expansion in the UK.

Keenan Recycling, which previously had its headquarters at New Deer in Aberdeenshire, will now move its finance and food waste collection teams to a new office in Aberdeen’s Innovation Park in the city’s Bridge of Don area.


(l-r) Keenan Recycling: head of food waste collections, Claire Keenan; managing director, Grant Keenan; and finance director Ritchie Clark

This will help the company “expand its operations across the border into the north of England later this year”.

Eleven of Keenan’s 80 strong staff are now based in the city office and with new posts already created with the move, the company has said it is set to further increase numbers with its 2018 growth plans.


Keenan Recycling launched its commercial food waste collection service in North-east Scotland in 2010, and now processes more than 85,000 tonnes of waste each year.

The company boasts a 14-acre facility at New Deer, near Turriff, and expanded its food waste collection service into the Central Belt in August 2015.

It invested £1.2m in a fleet of collection vehicles to roll out its food waste collection service in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Grant Keenan, managing director of Keenan Recycling, explained that the move was necessary to the company’s growth. “As the business has continued to expand in recent years we had started to outgrow our base at New Deer as staff numbers increased so we had to begin looking at options to open another office,” Mr Keenan explained.

He added: “We have operations across the North of Scotland and the Central Belt and the Aberdeen office will become the main operation hub for the collection side of the business, while the New Deer base remains our main recycling facility for the North.  It is superb timing expanding into the city as we forge ahead with our plans to cross over the border to England in early summer.”


Keenan Recycling secured a £2.2m investment from the Business Growth Fund in 2015, which has supported the growth in the food waste collection business with more than 4000 customer sites now serviced in Scotland.


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