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Walker Industries 2014 Sustainability Report

Responding to Extreme Weather

Toronto was hit hard by a devastating ice storm that wreaked havoc from the southern tip of Ontario to the Maritimes on December 22, 2013. An estimated 300,000 Toronto Hydro customers were left without electricity due to downed trees and branches. The city declared a state of emergency and approached our Grinding Division to assist with the clean up. It took 10 months to work through an estimated 41,000 tonnes of material, which had been consolidated at 9 sites across the City of Toronto.

This was one of our largest grinding responses to date, and our team quickly created the systems necessary to effectively communicate both internally and externally to get the job done. We worked collaboratively to ensure that the material was transported efficiently and developed innovative reuse options. Ground wood, a by-product of the clean-up efforts, has been used as mulch, bulking agent in composting, and as biofilter material.

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