Burnley-based Learoyd Packaging is benefiting from annual savings of over £200,000 thanks to free resource efficiency support from local ENWORKS advisers.
As part of its bid to use energy, water, materials and waste more efficiently, the firm has achieved annual savings of 936 tonnes of CO2 and 9,680 m3 of water and diverted 336 tonnes of waste from landfill. Opportunities to save an additional £78,000 a year in costs have also been identified.
Established in 1976, Learoyd Packaging is a leading manufacturer of printed micro-films and packaging, employing 150 people. Its environmental performance has been important in reaching new markets in industries such as the security, textiles, personal care and food and drink sectors.
The firm has a number of high-profile clients such as Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury’s, Asda, Tesco, Warburtons and Muller Yoghurts, which all demand robust sustainability credentials from suppliers.
Since 2007 Learoyd Packaging has worked with ENWORKS advisers at Groundwork Pennine Lancashire to improve its resource efficiency and boost its profitability.
Finance director at Learoyd Packaging, Ray Harrison, said: "At Learoyd we are continually striving to both reduce cost and increase efficiency, as we are operating in a very competitive market with extremely tight margins. In our experience the implementation of resource efficiencies in various areas of our business has delivered both cost savings and greater productivity."
Initiatives have included the installation of balers and recycling receptacles on site, to encourage staff to segregate waste and allow it to be baled for recycling rather than be sent directly to landfill. Recycling rates for materials such as plastic trim, cardboard and paper have been reduced by an impressive 58 per cent.
Hazardous waste has also been reduced by improving the distillation of used solvents and ensuring that valuable raw materials are recovered for re-use wherever possible. A closed loop system has been installed to re-circulate water from the production process for re-use and push taps have been fitted to all washbasins to reduce domestic water consumption.
An energy management system has been implemented to control temperatures in the warehouse and reduce gas bills for heating.
Groundwork Pennine Lancashire is a key member of the ENWORKS partnership.
Posted 13 October 2010