Recycling firm gets council boost

A leading north-east food waste collection business is adding sparkle to its services, thanks to funding from Aberdeenshire Council.

New Deer based Keenan Recycling secured an interest free loan of £8,000 from the council’s Support for Aberdeenshire Business Scheme to invest in a state-of-the-art bin cleansing lorry – the first of its kind in the country.

The new vehicle allows Keenan to empty and clean food waste bins in a matter of seconds, meaning that as well as helping turn food waste into compost and reducing the amount send to landfill, the company is keeping the bins themselves clean to encourage continued support for the scheme.

The project supports Aberdeenshire Council’s commitment to creating a cleaner, greener Scotland where waste is recycled to create valuable resources, supporting our economy and protecting our natural environment.

The Support for Aberdeenshire Business (SAB) Scheme, which offers loans and grants to Aberdeenshire businesses, has been running since 1998 and has helped to support 178 businesses in the last five years in Aberdeenshire.

Businesses applying for SAB grants and loans must demonstrate that they are meeting certain criteria before a project will be considered for SAB funding.

Grant Keenan, Managing Director of Keenan Recycling, said: “With new Zero Waste legislation having taken effect on 1st January 2014 we invested in three new food waste collection vehicles and have taken on 10 new staff.

“We realised that there was an additional opportunity in washing customers’ food waste bins and had identified the perfect machine for the job but cash constraints meant that we were going to have to put the project on hold.

“The SAB loan meant we were able to proceed and order the bin washing vehicle without delay. The new vehicle was put in place in the New Year and we are hopeful that it will be the first of many and that the service can be extended throughout Scotland.”