SNP Highlights Circular Economy’s Role in tackling Climate Change on Visit to New Deer Recycling Firm

SNP Highlights Circular Economy's Role in tackling Climate Change on Visit to New Deer Recycling Firm

The SNP candidate for Banff & Buchan, Paul Robertson, has highlighted the role of the circular economy in tackling climate change on a visit to Keenan Recycling in New Deer.

Keenan Recycling turn organic waste – such as food and garden waste – from local authority and commercial collections into compost products for agricultural businesses and green energy.

The New Deer-based business benefitted from a £500,000 finance arrangement from the Scottish Government to fund the construction of new Vertical Composting Units, in return for the business recycling an agreed tonnage of organic waste.

Paul Robertson (SNP Candidate for Banff & Buchan), Mel Keenan (Director of Keenan Recycling), and Cllr Jim Ingram at Keenan Recycling facilities in New Deer

Mel Keenan, Director at Keenan Recycling, said

The forward looking environmental policies of the Scottish Government has given a very significant boost to recycling in general, and in particular to Keenan Recycling. Legislation providing for recycling at a local level has been supported by the provision of finance both to Local Authorities and to companies like ours. The capital cost of our Vertical Composting Units – the largest in the UK – were aided by the Scottish Government to the tune of £500,000 through a performance contract which helps us recycle an agreed tonnage for a number of years.

Paul Robertson, SNP Candidate for Banff & Buchan said

A vibrant circular economy is vital to contributing to tackling climate change. Keenan’s is a fantastic success story of the circular economy and a vital rural employer here in Banff & Buchan.”

Scotland is a world leader in tackling climate change and if elected as MP for Banff & Buchan, I will press the UK Government to do more.

The SNP want to see incentives for people to make energy efficiency improvements to their home – reducing their carbon footprint and saving on bills – and we want to see more investment and tax incentives for the development of renewable energy. Scotland has enormous renewable energy potential but since 2010, the Tory UK Government has cut incentives for investment in renewable technologies. We need more investment to unlock Scotland’s renewable energy potential – and the jobs that will go with it – and I will campaign tirelessly for this support at Westminster.

This is a 2019 General Election Campaign press release.

You can see all candidates in the Banff & Buchan constituency here and read the My Turriff statement on our transparency here.

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