Businesses save thousands through energy scheme

T&B Containers have saved �13,000 from the Sustain Lincolnshire scheme.
T&B Containers have saved �13,000 from the Sustain Lincolnshire scheme.

Two businesses have saved thousands of pounds through a county council energy efficiency and waste reduction scheme.

Sustain Lincolnshire, which is run by the county council and funded by the European Union’s Regional Development Fund, has supported Boston-based businesses T&B Containers in saving £13,000, while Elms Farm Cottage’s have saved £3,000.

T&B Containers is a family-run supplier of bespoke fruit and vegetable packaging.

Its head office not only manufactures a huge range of fresh produce packaging, but also includes a recycling plant and a dedicated transport fleet to supply direct to customers.

Commercial manager Luke Newark said: “We came across SUSTAIN Lincolnshire through a recommendation from the University of Lincoln. After learning more about the project and what it had to offer, we decided it was the perfect way to continue cutting costs and improving our overall environmental performance.”

The firm had already taken steps to reduce their environmental impact before getting involved with Sustain.

Their initiatives included environmentally friendly packaging, such as moulded pulp paper punnets and recyclable plastic cartons, developing a recycling service for obsolete supermarket packaging waste and the installation of a biomass boiler.

SUSTAIN Lincolnshire advisor Andrew Jackson and the rest of the team conducted an onsite audit to identify any other cost saving opportunities. Following this, the firm decided to switch to LED lighting across its entire site, and upgraded an older machines to a new and more efficient box erector.

The scheme will help save more than £13,000 each year.

Mr Newark added that the lighting also produced a crisper, cleaner light quality that has helped us create a safer working environment for employees, while also improving product quality checking procedures.”

SUSTAIN Resource Efficiency Consultant from PECT Andrew Jackson said: “Working with T&B was a great privilege. We couldn’t be happier with the results they have achieved by implementing new processes to help make their business more sustainable and green.”