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Keenan Recycling take home their second sustainability award


By Kirsty Brown

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Keenan Recycling has been awarded the Driving Sustainability accolade at the 2021 Northern Star Awards in recognition of its work to help businesses address climate change.

Director of collections Claire Keenan and managing director Grant Keenan.
Director of collections Claire Keenan and managing director Grant Keenan.

Passionate about environmental sustainability, Keenan works to reduce landfill and contributes to the production of biofuel through recycling food waste.

This is the second sustainability award Keenan has taken home within the last four months, having been presented a British Renewable Energy Awards Sustainability title in January.

As the UK’s largest food waste recycling business, operating from the top of Scotland to the south coast of England, the company supplies anaerobic digestion plants (ADPs) with liquid biofuel derived from food waste forming a renewable energy source.

Managing director Grant Keenan said: “This award enforces the importance of the work we are doing to contribute to the circular economy, and I’m extremely proud of not just our team for the work they do to rollout our services, but our clients and stakeholders who have made changes to aid the environment.”

As part of its commitment to sustainable methods, Keenan is continuing to drive ambitions to reduce climate change as COP26 approaches.

The food waste specialist is helping businesses step up and address environmental issues.

Continuing Mr Keenan said: “For us, it’s all about educating our customers and stakeholders to show the impact their business has on society.

"There are plenty of statistics which highlight how food waste in landfill releases methane gases, which is the second-largest cause of global warming after CO₂.

“Many people assume it’s the large-scale oil and gas companies who need to make changes, but actually the simplest and most cost-effective solution is for all businesses to minimise waste and move away from landfill.

"We can all help by composting and recycling.”

Working with a diverse range of sectors and clients including local authorities, hospitality and commercial business units, Keenan is currently processing more than 100,000 tonnes of organic waste a year to generate biofuel and compost.


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