Since its founding in 1968, MWS Wire has sought to expand resource conservation, recycling and reuse. In the formative years these efforts included recycling and reuse of spools and packaging, a process that has since been improved and enhanced with current goals to make this business process even more effective in the future.
In recent years major projects included installation of high efficiency pollution control equipment, investment in a 155 kW photovoltaic electrical generation plant and replacement of facility lighting with energy efficient lamps, ballasts and sensors.
In May 2012 MWS celebrated five years of clean electrical power produced by a 155 kW photovoltaic solar generating system designed and installed by Sun Integration of Tarzana, California.
MWS Wire Industries was named a winner in the 2004 Waste Reduction Awards Program (WRAP) sponsored by the California Integrated Waste Management Board – the state’s leading authority on recycling and waste reduction.
MWS waste management programs recycle more than double the volume disposed as trash and realize significant annual cost savings from recycling and reuse.
Using the EPA Climate Leaders Guide to Greenhouse Gas Management for Small Business & Low Emitters, 2012 GHG emissions were 104 metric tons, taking into account stationary combustion, HVAC operation, electricity consumption and mobile sources.
MWS has established 2012 as a baseline year for gauging future efforts to limit emission of greenhouse gases from business activities.
2019 UPDATE: Returned 17,893 pounds of packaging for reuse.
2018 UPDATE: Surpassed our goal of returning 16,000 pounds of packaging for reuse.
2017 UPDATE: Spool and reel return and reuse. MWS has developed systems to continue to reuse, return, or recycle every spool and reel used internally.
2016 UPDATE: Over 8 tons of spools and packaging were returned to vendors for reuse. Additionally, nearly another ton of spool and reels are refurbished to be reused in the winding and manufacturing departments. 2015 UPDATE: MWS identified the streams of spools and reels used internally. Processes were enacted to ensure no internally used spools or reels end up in landfills. Tens of thousands of pounds of packaging was returned, reused, or recycled. Additionally, MWS has a growing list of environmentally conscious customers who return packaging for reuse.
2014 UPDATE: Through personal and written communication to our customers MWS continues to promote returning spools to be reused /recycled. As a result, approximately 20,000 lbs. of spools, reels and packaging were recycled or reused in 2014.
2019 UPDATE: 7 customers participated and returned 674 pounds.
2018 UPDATE: Zero new additional partnerships in packaging industry.
2017 UPDATE: Multi-Use Packaging. Work with 1-2 selected customers to develop multiple use shipping containers to replace single use boxes.
2016 UPDATE: 1 customer agreed to try the packaging system and gave positive feedback. It has been used several times and returned.
2015 UPDATE: Warehouse Manager, Carlton Sessing, developed and fabricated a sturdy and reusable packaging system. In addition to providing superior protection in transit, the new system withstood multiple travels in testing. This system works great for high volume orders which use 32 or more 2.5 inch spools.
2014 UPDATE: Pilot project initiated in 2013 resulted in packaging design and production cost quotation, but customer operations moved to Central America, making freight costs for packaging return unfeasible. MWS continues to seek a willing partner to launch this cost saving project.
2019 UPDATE: 2.6 tons/employee, 142 tons total
2018 UPDATE: Maintain carbon footprint levels as company grows.
2017 UPDATE: Internally track effort to reduce carbon emissions in proportion to emissions per employee.
2016 UPDATE: 2.2 metric tons/employee
The baseline in 2012 was 2.2 metric tons per employee which followed to 2.3 metric tons in 2013, 2.3 in 2014, 2.5 in 2015.
2019 UPDATE: Baseline established at 28 cases used.
2018 UPDATE: A number of process changes eliminated or streamlined paperwork with ERP implementation. However, slight uptick in paperwork usage in learning curve of new system.
2017 UPDATE: Identify additional processes to reduce paper consumption
2016 UPDATE: MWS changed two reports from printouts to emailed spreadsheets in the Accounting Department. The QA lab also changed the way they are storing lab report copies to eliminate redundant copies. In total 2016 saw the reduction of paperwork in three processes. Those changes result in around 600 pages per month in paperwork reduction. This came on the heels of 5 varied process changes that saw substantial paperwork reductions in previous years.