WCA recycles over 80 tons of material each year. We understand the significance and importance of our environmental responsibility. Standard practices include collecting and consuming recycled goods as well as promoting and facilitating the use of recyclable goods by our customers. We are always seeking additional ways to further reduce our burden upon landfills and share additional examples below:
Designed packaging for our custom servers that uses corn-based green cell foam
We purchased a software application called ConnectWise which allows the generation, transmitting, completion, approval, copying and sending of all data electronically. It is virtually a paperless solution
We have implemented employee suggestion to use of product called “Taterware” by Green Wave. Taterware eliminates plastic plates and utensils with biodegradable cutlery and bowls that offer the same advantages of any plastic ware but with the added ability to compost in 65-90 days
Eliminated Styrofoam cups from our operation
We installed fans in the production and warehouse areas to better circulate air, reducing the need for heating and air conditioning
Assist our customers in the return and proper disposal of their discarded equipment
Wooden pallets are reused until they reach end-of-life where they are made available to anyone interested in salvaging the wood. Many of them are ground to become fuel for wood-burning furnaces
Worked with a key supplier to eliminate superfluous CD's and manuals from packaging we buy to eliminate waste at the source
Recycling of all paper and cardboard which is compacted and recycled by a local partner
WCA changed our recycling company for corrugated. We installed a corrugated compactor, and the new supplier pays us for the corrugated we recycle. This in turn lowers WCA's overhead, and thus our pricing to our customers, while at the same time keeps all our corrugated scrap in the recycling stream
Recycling of all office paper
Designed a new 1U server that is 15% more energy efficient than a competitor's product, potentially saving 10,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions
Installed Solar Panels that reduced our electric consumption by 58%
Our facility is equipped with motion sensitive lights that switch off when our area or room is not in use
We have a computerized climate control system to reduce energy consumption when the building is unoccupied
Whalley Park is a 70-acre parcel of land with 35 acres of recreational space for public use on 42 Powder Mill Road in Southwick, MA. The Great Brook flows through some of the undeveloped areas of the park.
There are two full size soccer fields and two smaller fields for younger players. One of the two full size soccer fields, the softball and full-size baseball Diamond are lit.
It contains a tee ball, softball, 75 & 90-foot baseball diamonds, as well as two volleyball courts. There is large playscape that is heavily visited by the area parents and children. The park also has a large pavilion and an amphitheater.
There are three buildings with men and women’s rooms in each and a maintenance building. The parking lot has 350 parking spaces.
The fields are irrigated with the water coming from three wells within the park.
The park is located adjacent to the three Southwick schools, the high school and Rec center athletic fields, allowing parents with multiple children to walk from one child’s game to the others.
Whalley Park is the center of many local events such as the night games for the high school baseball, softball and soccer teams, fourth of July fireworks, etc.
The park is used by residents of all ages; from youth team's practices and games through adult leagues. Whalley Park was created in 2012 in honor of John Whalley 4th by John Whalley 3rd and his wife, Kathy. The park was donated to the town of Southwick by the Whalley's in 2012.