We acknowledge our responsibility to preserve the quality of our land, water and air and actively work to protect and conserve the land we own and operate.
In 2017, we managed a significant amount of farmed and conservation land as well as forests. Since 2013, we have maintained our conservation land and forests; however, we have reduced the amount of farmed land to expand some of our operations.
At Walker Industries, we work to find ways to create solutions that benefit the environment, the community and the economy, while leaving a positive legacy for future generations. An example of this is our Atlas Landfill site. Walker Environmental’s partnership with the City of Welland took an environmental liability and turned it into a municipal and private sector asset. Once Atlas Landfill reaches capacity, it will be turned into a public space called Welland Vista Park, which will feature 360-degree panoramic views of the Welland Canal, Welland River, and Niagara Falls, Ontario.
We strive to be leaders and responsible stewards of the land. Our Duntroon Quarry recently established a new forested area that became home to a new research study site for the University of Waterloo’s School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability. The study’s objective is to determine if soil removed from a forested area can be relocated to add to the health of a young forest and preserve the species within the soil. The test soil is being moved to an area of the quarry that is being rehabilitated, and, if successful, new plantings will thrive not only in terms of how we physically see them, but also in terms of species and tree composition. The hope is that this will help to speed up the typically long process of establishing a new, natural forest.
As an environmental services provider, we also acknowledge that we have a responsibility to educate our customers and our communities on environmental issues. In 2017, our Niagara Compost facility held a workshop for ECO Club students from a local public school to teach them the importance of waste separation and the process of compost. By teaching the kids to compost, they are learning how nature recycles.
Our Walker Emulsions Burlington facility toured the local Girl Guides Brownie Unit through their own site’s pollinator garden.
This enabled the Brownies to earn their Key to My Community and Help Our Planet badge. The Brownies were also able to learn how Walker Emulsions, a company whose business has nothing to do with bees or pollinators, recognizes the important role we all play in our community to create a better world.
Walker Aggregates’ McGregor Quarry also hosted students from a local public school for a tour, which provided the students an opportunity to assess the social and environmental impacts of human uses of rocks and minerals as well as investigate, test and compare their physical properties.
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