Keenan Recycling, a specialist Scottish organics recycling, has secured a £4m contract to continue its work with Suez Environnement to handle Aberdeen City Council’s organic waste, turning it into BSI accredited compost.
The contract to process food and garden waste has been extended by four years with the option to extend by one year. The company has worked with Suez since 2007.
The material is treated at Keenan’s New Deer facility in Aberdeenshire, which has the capacity to process around 50,000 tonnes of material per year.
Keenan Recycling says it has experienced an increase in clients since the introduction of the Waste (Scotland) Regulations, seeing numbers triple from 600 to 1800. It now processes more than 60,000 tonnes of waste at its site.
Colin Forshaw – “Suez Environnement is currently working with the council to create a more sustainable waste management, including the development of modern and efficient facilities at Altens East, which will increase recycling and recovery, and divert almost all of the city’s waste from landfill”
As part of the contract, the recycling firm is expected to process around 13,700 tonnes of kitchen and garden waste from household collections and 2,500 tonnes of garden waste per year from the five household waste recycling centres (HWRCs) that Suez Environnement operates on behalf of Aberdeen City Council.
Suez Environnement was awarded a 25-year contract in 2000 to manage recycling, composting, treatment and disposal of the city’s household waste.
Suez Environnement operations manager, Colin Forshaw, said: “Turning organic waste collected within Aberdeen into a compost which can be used for agriculture or horticulture is a critical part of our client’s aim to meet their waste strategy.
“Suez Environnement is currently working with the council to create a more sustainable waste management, including the development of modern and efficient facilities at Altens East, which will increase recycling and recovery, and divert almost all of the city’s waste from landfill.”
Mel Keenan, chairman of Keenan Recycling, added: “2015 has seen continued growth as more and more people start to follow the Waste (Scotland) recycling regulations.”