Recycling firm supports living wage

Left to right - Keenan recycling chairman Mel Keenan; managing director Grant Keenan; technical director Gregor Keenan, with Alex Salmond.
Left to right - Keenan recycling chairman Mel Keenan; managing director Grant Keenan; technical director Gregor Keenan, with Alex Salmond.

An Aberdeenshire organic recycling company is boosting the wages of its workers at the lower end of the pay scale.

New Deer-based Keenan Recycling, which has many high earners among its staff, has raised the level of some of its lower paid workers, ensuring that all employees now receive no less than the living wage standards.

The firm has a workforce of 50 at its award-winning site and said it was inspired to comply with the standard following the Scottish Government’s statements on tackling poverty and the Living Wage campaign.

The number of Living Wage companies in Scotland has tripled from 20 to 60 in the last six months, according to the Living Wage Foundation.

In the last year, organisations including Standard Life, RBS and the SECC have all become accredited employers.

On a recent visit to the New Deer plant, Aberdeenshire East MSP Alex Salmond praised the company.

He said: “It’s fantastic to see Keenan Recycling making a commitment to the Living Wage and I’m sure it will see their business go from strength to strength.

“That’s because the living wage isn’t just great news for individuals, it is good for employers too – helping to increase morale and productivity in the workforce and improving staff retention.

“The North-east of Scotland is the economic powerhouse of the country, but it’s important that the wealth is used to create a fairer society and the benefits shared more equally.”

Grant Keenan, Keenan’s managing director, said: “We have a good team of workers at Keenan Recycling, and we wish to support all of them, including those who are setting out at the lower end of the pay scale.

“We are also supportive of the Scottish Government’s efforts to encourage those employers who can pay the Living Wage and remain viable to do so.”

Keenan Recycling, which was launched in 2001, was recently awarded the Transport award at this year’s Vision in Business for the Environment of Scotland (VIBES) Awards.

The specialist recycling firm has doubled its commercial food waste customers to more than 1800 since the launch of the Waste (Scotland) Regulations in January, 2014.

The company transforms 60,000 tonnes of segregated organic waste into BSI accredited soil improver for agriculture and horticulture use.