The greening of green: Leading recycling company adds enormous rooftop solar energy park to business model
By Amir Keranovic
Waxman Industrial Services Ltd., a progressive full service recycling company, announced they will be hosting a 500kW solar energy park on the flat roof of their 87,000 sq.-ft industrial facility, located at 4350 Harvester Rd, in the city of Burlington, Ontario.
By Amir Keranovic
Plans of the innovative project were displayed on site at the company’s new headquarters last week, where several members of Toronto’s business community gathered. At the event, Burlington Mayor, Mr. Rick Goldring, publicly commended Waxman President and CEO, Mr. Aaron Waxman’s ability to successfully combine the preservation of the environment with robust commerce.
In 2009, Waxman launched an aggressive green initiative program named Scrap Cares. The Scrap Cares program entails the company’s direct involvement in the recycling process every step of the way, from collecting old items, to processing and distributing reusable raw materials. The hands-on approach has become so successful, that it has propelled Waxman Industrial into becoming the fastest growing company of its kind in the Nation.
CEO, Mr. Aaron Waxman commented: “As a progressive recycling company, preserving the environment is the very premise our business has grown upon, therefore, we feel participating in the solar program is not only a way to exercise our social responsibility, but part of our overall business model.”
Brokered by leading commercial realtor Cushman & Wakefield, the rooftop solar energy park will be financed, built and operated by publicly traded Atlantic Wind & Solar Inc. and the electricity generated will be sold directly into the Ontario hydro grid.
Mr. Waxman added: “We are pleased to have the opportunity to participate in Atlantic Wind & Solar’s commercial rooftop solar program, and hope that our actions today will be viewed by other landlords and business owners as an example of how they too may help reduce the amount of harmful carbon emissions that are being released into our atmosphere.”
The solar energy system, scheduled for construction in Spring 2011, will generate enough clean energy to power approximately 100 local homes, and will offset 500 tonnes of harmful CO2 from being released into the environment every year, which is the equivalent of planting 50,000 trees and/or removing 1,500 cars from the road.
To view CAD renderings of the new solar energy park, please visit: scrapcares.com/assets/pdf/Atlantic_ Waxman_Board.pdf.