Friday, October 18, 2019

Local businesses urged to think green and reduce environmental impact

Left to right: Sara Borthwick (Keenan Recycling Account Manager) , Innes Walker (Aberdeen Inspired City Centre Manager), Donald Smith (EIS Waste Services Business Development Manager).
Left to right: Sara Borthwick (Keenan Recycling Account Manager) , Innes Walker (Aberdeen Inspired City Centre Manager), Donald Smith (EIS Waste Services Business Development Manager).

Aberdeen Inspired is urging local businesses to sign up to a food waste initiative in the city centre.

The Business Improvement District is working with Keenan Recycling and EIS Waste Services to provide a cost effective option for businesses within the BID with the aim of increasing recycling and reducing waste to landfill.

Since the partnership began in June last year, more than 76,000kg of food waste has been collected by Keenan Recycling from 12 sites in the city centre. It is hoped that even more organisations will take advantage of the initiative which could reduce expenditure on their waste management services.

Innes Walker, Aberdeen Inspired city centre manager said: “There have been fantastic results so far from our partnership with Keenan Recycling and EIS Waste Services and we would like to build on this and get even more businesses involved with this initiative.“This is a great way to bring in positive change about how trade waste is managed by providing more regular collections of trade rubbish, while also helping businesses to reduce their spending on waste management and of course, improve their green energy credentials.”

Food waste services are part of the partnership between Aberdeen Inspired, Keenan Recycling and EIS, which includes the supply, collection and treatment of containers which meet all the requirements of Waste Scotland Regulations.

Neil Sharp, Managing Director of EIS Waste Services Ltd said: “EIS Waste Services Ltd are pleased to be working in partnership with Aberdeen Inspired and Keenan Recycling to offer an innovative Waste Management initiative for the Business Improvement District in Aberdeen’s City Centre.

“EIS is a local company and we are proud of our city and we are keen to support any initiatives that enhance the city centre for the good of our businesses and the people of Aberdeen. We realise the importance that the heart of our city offers local people and visitors and we are delighted to play a positive part in making that experience better for everyone”.

Grant Keenan, Managing Director of Keenan Recycling added: “Keenan Recycling is delighted to be working in partnership with Aberdeen Inspired.  We are pleased to be associated with such a forward thinking and vibrant organization, that is bringing innovation and improvement to the local environment in which we work and socialize.”

The Trinity Centre is one of the sites involved in the initiative, with more than 2,100kg of food waste collected from June last year to this month (July).

Kenneth Bruce, Operations Manager at the Trinity Centre, said: “This was a main focus to form part of our CSR to become a better retailer and take the responsibility associated with the zero waste Scotland Act and implement a system where we could contribute in a positive way to waste management.

“We have seen over time a decrease in the amount of food waste that has been produced but this has only been possible with the implementation of a strong collection system that we operate here at the centre and the relationships we have with our retailers. Keenan’s has been at the forefront to help us deliver this robust program of waste management.”

For more information on the trade waste initiative please contact Aberdeen Inspired city centre manager Innes Walker on Innes.Walker@aberdeeninspired.com

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