Over the last four years Swan has invested a great deal into our plant and equipment. This has resulted in a 7% decline in our electricity usage, 10% decline in our water usage and 17% decline in our gas usage.
First working with IESO we upgraded the lighting throughout the plant. Then we upgraded our hot water tank, water heater and water softeners, allowing us to be more efficient and reduce our energy costs in heating and treating our water. We removed four of our oldest washing machines and installed two new state of the art machines. On our other four washing machines, working with Gulter Industries, we invested heavily in a water recycling process. With this process, we are able to reduce our water usage when washing our mats and mops. We are proud of our team and the work they continue every day to be environmentally responsible.
Watch car shows in Southern Ontario for our remodeled 1947 Ford delivery van. We had a lot of fun restoring this beauty and can't wait to show it off at summer cruise nights and car shows.
Where do Swan's old mats go when we determine they are no longer a suitable quality for our customers? The garbage, the land-fill? - No. We always donate to causes that can use the mats. In an earlier Blog post I write about the mats being shipped to third world nations, where they line dirt floors in some schools, and provide non-slip protection in hospitals and other places.
Now Swan is happy to provide some of these mats to animal shelters that rescue and shelter animals in need. These mats will be used in a number of ways, Some mats will be used to cover crates, line crates, or provide pathways for disabled dogs that can slip on a bare floor.
We hope our mats can make each day just a little better for those animals that need it.
Swan is proud to support this important initiative each year, alog with Morty's Pub, and the loca firefighters and Knights of Columbus. The tuck that is to be filled with toys sits at Morty's pub parking lot, on King St. in Waterloo. New Unwrapped toys for children of all ages are greatly appreciated. These toys make their way to many children that are less fortunate, thanks to the many volunteers that sort and deliver the donated toys. Help to make the holidays a little brighter for a child that would otherwise have little at this special time of year.
Looking to put a little "old fashion" Christmas feeling back in your December? Waterloo Park has a Free festival of lights with over 100 light displays. It opens Dec. 2 at 5:30 with candle lighting, and then 6:00 pm fireworks, which is also when the lights come on.
It is free to enjoy, along with Free Horse Drawn Trolley Rides. The hours are 5:30-10:30 pm every night until closing, which is Sunday Dec. 31 at midnight.
Swan Dust Control is a proud sonsor of this event every year.