17 February 2020 by James Langley

Keenan and Suez agree Aberdeen extension

Keenan Recycling has agreed a five-year extension to its contract with Suez to treat Aberdeen’s household garden and food waste.

Suez has been in partnership with the Aberdeen-based organic waste recycling company since 2002.

(L-R) Grant Keenan, managing director of Keenan Recycling and Colin Forshaw, operations manager at Suez

The extended contract is valued at an estimated £5 million, having been last renewed in 2015 (see letsrecycle.com story).

The material collected as part of the deal is processed at Keenan’s IVC plant in New Deer, Aberdeenshire.

Grant Keenan, managing director of Keenan Recycling said: “The introduction of tighter food waste recycling legislation has brought continued growth in our client base and tonnage levels.

“We’re pleased to continue delivering a friendly, flexible and reliable service to our long-standing local partner Suez and Aberdeen city council who divert the household food waste of the almost 230,000 residents of Aberdeen from landfill to dedicated recycling facilities.”

Suez has managed the city’s recycling, composting, treatment and disposal of household waste for Aberdeen city council since 2000.

The extended contract agreed between the two waste management companies covers all household garden and food waste from Aberdeen’s brown bin service and recycling centres.


In Aberdeen, food waste is collected mixed with garden waste and is processed by IVC/windrow composting, the city council said.

Keenan Reycling’s New Deer facility in Aberdeenshire

A Freedom of Information request on the council’s website said 19,108 tonnes of kitchen and garden waste (including grounds) was collected for recycling in 2018. None of this was sent to landfill.

Keenan Recycling operates across Scotland and the north-east of England and has four sites: two anaerobic digestion plants in the North east, one in the Aberdeenshire village of New Deer and one at the Energy Centre at P&J Live, a live music and conference venue in Aberdeen itself.

Organic waste is used as premium grade compost or turned into hydrogen gas, which is harvested and used to supply heating, cooling and electricity.


Suez has been working with the council to devise initiatives to meet the requirements of the Scottish Zero Waste Plan, which include recycling targets of 70% by 2025 and a target to reduce food waste by 33% by 2025.

“We want to create a society where there is no more waste”

Colin Forshaw, operations manager at Suez

Operations manager at Suez Colin Forshaw said: “Here at SUEZ, we want to create a society where there is no more waste.

“By continuing to work with Keenan Recycling, we’ll be putting the city’s household garden and food waste to good use by turning it into compost at Keenan’s plant in New Deer.

“The compost will be used in the agriculture and horticulture industry instead of going to landfill. By keeping it local, we also help to keep our carbon footprint to a minimum.”


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