Organic waste management firm, Keenan Recycling, is encouraging the region’s businesses to think about what they are wasting this Christmas and recycle their food waste.
In the UK alone, the amount of food wasted over the Christmas period could power the average medium-sized home for 57 years if that waste was recycled into energy.* In Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland it is common practice to recycle food waste both at home and for businesses, whereas this is not yet the case in England.
Keenan Recycling, which recently expanded into the North East, has been working with businesses in the region to communicate the importance of recycling food waste correctly, rather than it going to landfill. The waste collected in the region is currently being taken to High Hedley Biogas Plant in County Durham, where it is put through an anaerobic digester and turned into electricity.
Grant Keenan, managing director at Keenan Recycling, said: “We understand that the recycling of food waste isn’t an everyday concept in England but Christmas is an ideal time to start thinking about where our unwanted food goes.
“As well cutting down costs for businesses and households, recycling food waste has environmental benefits such as preventing waste going to landfill and cutting back on harmful greenhouse gas emissions. By acting now, we can ensure we are in the best possible position for the government’s waste strategy plans in 2023.”
Earlier this week, the government announced that weekly collections of food waste will take place in England as part of a major waste strategy. ** It’s welcoming news for individuals who are conscious about the environment and concerned about the amount of food wasted in the UK.
Grant continued: “It’s great to see that the government are taking a step in the right direction and planning to tackle how much food we are wasting on a daily basis by making people more aware of what they are wasting.
“2023 is still a long way off but there is plenty that businesses can be doing now to do their bit of the environment.”
With its roots originally in the garden composting business since 2001, Keenan Recycling launched its own commercial food waste collection service in Scotland in 2010. The company now processes more than 150,000 tonnes of organic waste a year, turning it into compost and electricity.
Alongside creating a greener future for businesses and residents in the North East, the firm will create up to 40 new jobs over the next two years in roles including sales, account management and fleet drivers.
* According to Refood: https://refood.co.uk/christmas-food-waste/
** As seen on i News: https://inews.co.uk/news/environment/free-food-waste-collection-for-every-household-in-england/