Investment drives further growth for waste management firm

Food waste recycling business, Keenan Recycling, has invested almost £4.5m into its English vehicle fleet to further grow market share, including key collections in Leeds.

The company, which reduces the amount of waste going into landfill by collecting and recycling organic material, has added five new vehicles, worth around £115,000 each to its operations in Leeds.

This is as part of a large investment for almost 40 new vehicles to be rolled out across regions in England.

Initially set up as a garden composting business, Keenan Recycling launched its commercial food waste collection services in Scotland in 2009 before moving south of the border and expanding across England since 2018.

Its new Macpac food waste collection vehicles will play a key role in the continued growth of the company in both Leeds and Hull where Keenan is forecasting to double its workforce in the next five years.

Currently processing over 100,000 tonnes of organic waste each year, the company turns food waste into premium grade compost or biofuel, which generates electricity at anaerobic digestion plants (ADPs) across England.

Collections director, Claire Keenan, said: “Scotland has already introduced legislation requiring all businesses that produce over 5kg of food waste per week to recycle it but this is still to come in England.

“However, with an increasing focus on green sustainability, forward-thinking businesses in England are already making better choices with their food waste management.

“Our new fleet of collection trucks puts us in an ideal position to expand our services and capitalise on the opportunities when new legislation comes into force in the next few years.”

The firm already partners with recycling and resource management company, SUEZ in Leeds, servicing a range of SUEZ’s customers including cafes, restaurants and hotels in England which are recycling their food waste.

In addition to collecting waste, the new range of trucks is equipped with five-camera live streaming, including an in-cab camera, driver behaviour telematics, reversing radar and a cyclear system.

Claire Keenan added: “Health and safety and customer service are a priority for us at Keenan Recycling and this investment in new equipment and technology will raise the bar in standards for waste collections.”