Media Release: Organic recycling firm offers advice as new legislation looms

A LEADING North-east organics recycling firm is offering business owners advice about new food waste regulations coming into force next year, at an event in Aberdeen next week.

Keenan Recycling, based at New Deer in Aberdeenshire, which transforms food and garden waste into compost, will be explaining the Waste (Scotland) Regulations during the informal briefing being hosted by the Food Waste Network on Tuesday 19 November at Orchid, Bon Accord Street, Aberdeen.

Says a spokesperson: “From 1 January 2014, all businesses producing more than 50kg of food waste per week will be required to separate it from landfill. Companies involved in the processing, distribution, preparation or sale of food will also have to recycle their food waste.

“By January 2016, any businesses producing more than just 5kg of food waste per week will need to recycle it.”

Keenan Recycling launched the commercial food waste collection scheme in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire in 2010, becoming the first company in Scotland offering organisations the opportunity to recycle items such as leftover food, coffee grounds, cups and paper towels on a commercial basis.

Experts from the specialist organics recycling company will be joined by representatives from other businesses including The Store at Foveran, near Ellon, Cocoa Ooze of Aberdeen, and Edinburgh-based eco-packaging company Vegware, to offer help and advice during the free event, which runs from 4-6pm.

Keenan Recycling programme manager, Stuart Youngson, said: “With just under two months to go before the new legislation comes into force it is extremely important for businesses to be prepared. The event will offer business owners the chance to learn about the new rules and demonstrate how they can ensure their company is ready for them on 1 January 2014.”

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