Packaging firm invests £100,000 into ‘Recycle’ offer

A large packaging specialist is introducing a new service which aims to help companies improve their environmental footprint and their bottom line.

Lesters has invested more than £100,000 into creating its ‘Recycle’ offering that sells used cardboard boxes to existing and new clients looking for a greener and more cost-effective way of transporting their products.

The Burntwood-based company, which now employs 60 people after a recent recruitment drive, is already working with customers in the home and commercial removals and manufacturing sectors and expects sales to double in this area to more than £500,000 over the next 12 months.

Bosses at the family-run firm believe an increasing number of companies will tap into the sustainable benefits of reusing high quality boxes for moving their goods, with the cost of each box typically 50% less than buying a brand new one.

“The circular economy is big news and we’re bringing it into the world of cardboard boxes,” said Richard Shorthouse, who joined Lesters as business development manager in September this year.

“There has always been a market for reusable cardboard boxes and the sustainability credentials of this alternative packaging solution promotes the trend for reuse as well as recycling.

“This is where our ‘Recycle’ offer comes in. Our aim is to provide a huge stock of used boxes in a wide range of sizes and across a variety of board grades. These will be available at a significantly reduced cost and will also come with the ‘green’ benefit of knowing you are contributing to the recycling efforts of our sector.

“Better still, corrugated boxes can be difficult and costly to get rid of, so Lesters are turning it on its head and saying they could actually become a revenue stream for your business.”

Interest in this latest offer from Lesters has surpassed initial expectations and the company is now actively looking to buy back boxes it has sold while also purchasing used boxes manufactured by other firms.


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