WRAP funding to boost Scottish compost industry growth

Five Scottish companies are set to benefit from funding and business advice courtesy of the Scottish Government and WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme).  As a result it is predicted that Scotland’s compost production capacity – processing kitchen and garden waste to create quality compost - will increase by 22 per cent to 353,000 tonnes annually.

9 Jan 08

WRAP supports companies that produce and sell quality compost through the provision of capital support, consultancy, recruitment assistance and training, and through the leasing of equipment.  Five compost production sites will receive funding from WRAP’s recent Organics Capital Support Programmes including Keenan Recycling Limited based in New Deer, Aberdeenshire. 

The family-run business has been composting garden and wood waste for local authorities in the area for the past six years and currently has an approximate composting capacity of 50,000 tonnes.  It produces a range of products including a 40mm agricultural soil improver and a 12mm landscaping soil improver to the BSI PAS 100:2005 specification. 

The company is investing approximately £3.2 million on the improvement and expansion of its current compost production facility, incorporating an in-vessel system that will be able to process co-mingled kitchen and garden waste, primarily from Aberdeen City.  WRAP is supporting with funding of just under £432,000.

Gregor Keenan, Director of Keenan Recycling, said: “WRAP’s capital support will enable us to increase our processing capacity by almost 50 per cent and allow us to add kitchen waste to the range of materials recycled at our facility. 

Without WRAP support this project would not have been possible - the capital they provided has enabled us to raise the remainder of the finance required.”  

Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment, Richard Lochhead, added: “The Scottish Government is committed to sustainable economic growth and the growing composting sector has an important part to play as we move forward. Today’s announcement is welcome news.”

Other firms that will benefit from the scheme include Gray Composting Services Limited in Fordyce, Levenseat Organics Limited in Forth, Realm Construction Limited in Cardenden, and Scottish Waste Water Services in Renfrewshire and Cumbernauld. 

For more information on compost or how WRAP can help your business, visit www.wrap.org.uk/composting, or call the freephone helpline on 0808 100 2040.

Notes For Editors

  • WRAP works in partnership to encourage and enable businesses and consumers to be more efficient in their use of materials and recycle more things more often. This helps to minimise landfill, reduce carbon emissions and improve our environment.
  • Established as a not-for-profit company in 2000, WRAP is backed by Government funding from Defra and the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  •  Working in seven key areas (Construction, Retail, Manufacturing, Organics, Business Growth, Behavioural Change, and Local Authority Support), WRAP’s work focuses on market development and support to drive forward recycling and materials resource efficiency within these sectors, as well as wider communications and awareness activities including the multi-media national Recycle Now campaign for England.
  • More information on all of WRAP's programmes can be found on www.wrap.org.uk
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