ASP Packaging, Liverpool - SME (Manufacturing / Printing)

Liverpool-based SME, ASP Packaging, is benefiting from annual cost savings of over £42,500 after improving its materials efficiency and waste management practices.

ASP Packaging contacted its local ENWORKS advisers at Groundwork Merseyside for help with meeting the environmental standards criteria for a grant to buy a new, more efficient printing machine.

ASP Packaging had implemented a number of energy and waste saving measures – including installing an oxidiser to stop solvent fumes escaping into the atmosphere and fitting low-energy halogen lighting.
Two distillers had also been purchased at £30,000 each, to allow used solvent to be recovered from the printing machines for re-use. With a payback period of just 1.5 years, they could save the company 80 per cent of its annual solvent purchase costs, and divert 40 tonnes of liquid chemicals that would otherwise be discharged as waste each year.

Efficiency review

To comply with the terms of the grant application, ASP Packaging had to submit evidence of its environmental credentials and of having carried out a full resource efficiency review on site.

Their ENWORKS adviser worked with managers to document the initiatives that were already in place and to quantify the financial and environmental savings they were making. He also carried out a full review to identify further scope for making improvements.

The recommendations included using data monitors to monitor day-to-day electricity consumption, and implementing straightforward energy-saving initiatives that could generate additional annual savings of £7,600 and carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) savings of 41 tonnes of a year.

Monthly energy-saving targets have now been set and staff have received guidance on how to make energy savings and reduce wastage. The company is also looking at ways of recycling excess heat from its oxidiser back into the factory, to help reduce heating bills.

A recycling schedule for waste plastic has been implemented, saving a further £2,590 in annual waste costs and diverting 84 tonnes of waste from landfill per year. By segregating its waste into different types the company has been able to sell approximately seven tonnes of plastic waste per month for recycling and re-use, at no capital cost.

'Excellent progress'

Alan Steen, the company’s regional manager, said: "I was impressed with the service provided by and the results we achieved. In our industry you need to take your environmental responsibilities seriously and there are legal implications if you don’t.

"We needed a grant from the local authorities and it was they who recommended Groundwork Merseyside to us. We’ve enjoyed working with everyone involved and made excellent progress."

Groundwork Merseyside delivers ENWORKS support to businesses in Merseyside to improve their use of resources such as energy and fuel, water, materials and waste.

Case study published on 9 March 2011