Keenan Recycling has celebrated full national waste collection coverage in the UK, despite nationwide driver shortages.
The waste management firm, which reduces the amount of waste going to landfill by collecting and recycling organic material, has invested over £4 million in new trucks in the last 12 months, adding six new depots, and recruiting around 25% more drivers.
Following this investment, Keenan plans to more than double its headcount, increasing by around 23% in the next two years, and invest in another 200 ‘high-tech’ trucks.
Keenan’s fleet collects organic waste which is processed through via company's depackaging treatment. The organic waste is then recovered and liquidised and transported by tankers and loaded into numerous anaerobic digesters across England to produce biogas.
As part of its increased coverage, Keenan has introduced a Driving Academy at sites in Manchester, Leeds, Guildford, Shrewsbury and Newcastle, as it seeks to fill some of the 100,000 reported shortages in HGV drivers across the UK.
Since launching, the firm said it has been inundated with applications for drivers, amid the national shortage facing a range of sectors, most notably supermarkets and hospitality. More than 1,000 people have applied for the Academy.
“We’ve been absolutely overwhelmed with the response to our new Driving Academy, which has allowed us to place our vehicles across the length and breadth of Britain,” said Claire Keenan, collections director.
“Last year saw us make significant investments into England, that allowed us to serve a wealth of new customers south of the border including colleges, restaurants and fast food chains.
“Our new fleet of trucks boast a bespoke configuration including, individual bin weighing, slave bin for caddy and bag uplifts and RFID technology that allows customers to track when their bin has been uplifted.”