A North-east organics recycling firm has invested £600,000 in its specialist fleet of lorries.
The move comes after New Deer-based Keenan Recycling doubled its commercial food waste customers to more than 1400 since new
Waste Scotland regulations came into force earlier this year.
It brings the number of lorries in the Keenan fleet to five, with another vehicle on order. The firm is dealing with an additional 100 tonnes of waste a week and the new fleet will help with the rapid rise in collections.
All Scottish hotels, restaurants, shopping centre food courts, canteens, shops that serve food, supermarkets, nursing homes and hospitals producing more than 50kg of food waste a week are now required to separate it from landfill and recycle their food waste.
Keenan currently process more than 60,000 tonnes of organic waste annually at its New Deer facility, developing BSI accredited soil improver for agriculture and horticulture use.
Around 20,000 tonnes of this is food waste, and each new lorry will allow the company to collect an additional 2000 tonnes of waste per year.
Managing director Grant Keenan said: “Although we have seen the number of businesses using our food waste recycling service double since January, a high number of people are still choosing to ignore the regulations. “Recycling waste not only helps businesses reduce the associated costs of waste management and divert waste from landfill, but it reduces the extraction and use of the earth’s natural resources, saves energy and mitigates the effects of climate change.
“Increasing the number of lorries in our fleet will allow us to cope with the rise in demand as more businesses start to follow the rules.”