Scotland’s First Minister has given his support to a new commercial food waste recycling service launched in Aberdeen yesterday (30 July).
Keenan Reycling’s food waste collection service will collect leftover food, coffee grounds as well as cups and paper towels from businesses and restaurants in Aberdeenshire and the North East of Scotland, turning the waste into BSI accredited compost.
The service was launched by First Minister Alex Salmond, who welcomed the company’s efforts to improve recycling rates and diversion of waste from landfill following the publication of Scotland’s “Zero Waste Plan” last month.
Salmond said: “Keenan Recycling’s exciting new service is a significant move in the right direction. It produces a valuable resource from food waste, reduces the amount of waste being sent to landfill and cuts down greenhouse gas emissions. We have made good progress towards becoming a zero waste society, but we still throw away enough rubbish to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool every ten minutes and this has to change.
“If all of the food waste currently produced in Scotland was captured and treated separately, it could generate enough energy to power a city almost the size of Aberdeen.”
Keenan Recycling managing director Grant Keenan welcomed Alex Salmond’s interest in the scheme.
Keenan said: “We are delighted that the First Minister is supporting the commercial food waste collection service as it is a major step to reduce landfill waste in Scotland and particularly in the North-east. Many companies already recycle the usual cans, plastic, cardboard and paper but food waste is the final piece in the recycling jigsaw.”
The Scottish Government plans to introduce new legislation by 2013 which will provide mandatory food waste collections.