Lakeshore Recycling Systems is Awarded the 2017 Illinois Sustainability Award as the Only Waste Hauler

IMG_1075On Tuesday, October 24, LRS was awarded the 2017 Illinois Sustainability Award at a luncheon. The award recognized LRS as a company that has implemented outstanding and innovative sustainable business practices. While this award only identifies Illinois-based organizations, it is the longest running environmental award in the nation.

Since 1987, the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, a division of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, partners with the Office of the Governor to acknowledge an elite group of Illinois companies that is dedicated to the growth of a more sustainable Illinois. The companies are recognized for their substantial efforts in waste reduction, environmental programming, pollution prevention and energy efficiency.  This year, 22 companies won the award, and 13 of those winners were first-time recipients.

Some of LRS’ business practices that were taken into consideration for this honor include:

Heartland Recycling Center

The cutting-edge single-stream recycling center sorts, separates and allocates recyclable material from waste. This facility handles more than 110,000 tons of high-grade residential and commercial single-stream recyclables.

Compost programDSC_0635

LRS created the first ever compost program for curbside collection in Illinois, and offers customers the option of curbside collection for organic waste.

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology

LRS is the first privately-held waste and recycling company to implement RFID technology into our business practices. RFID technology allows LRS to track and bill customers according to when their waste is collected using an RFID tag that is embedded in their waste containers.

Aerobic Digestersmaller digester

The first aerobic digester in the United States was also introduced by LRS, which is used to convert food scraps and landscape waste into high-grade fertilizer. The digester produces zero methane gas, water pollution and odor, which are all normally created with anaerobic digesters or when waste sits in landfills.

LRS is honored to be recognized for this prestigious award and is committed to staying a sustainability leader in the waste industry. Not owning a landfill is at the heart of all of our business practices and reiterates our core mission of providing innovative and environmentally responsible waste and recycling solutions to the Chicagoland community. To learn more about this highest recognition in the sustainability field, read our press release here http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/-2238392.htm.