7 Simple Ways Your Family Can Live More Sustainably at Home

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Most families have good intentions about living sustainably, but they don’t always follow through with action. This infographic shows just how easy it can be to live more sustainably all year round. Proper waste management and making use of the recycling center is important, but more can be done. Take these seven easy steps toward making your household more eco-friendly:

1. Make Use of Resale Stores For Clothing

Did you know that around 40,000 gallons of water are used every year to produce and transport new clothing for the average American household? You can help to offset this by donating clothing and shopping at resale stores.

2. Smart Paper Use

Strive to use paper in your household that is chlorine-free and made from 100% post-consumer waste. Select a printer that has Energy Star approval.

3. An Easy Way to Conserve Water

Did you know that the simple act of installing a low flow shower head can reduce the water usage of a family of four by up to 18,200 gallons? This is an extremely easy step that any household can take.

4. Favor Energy Star Appliances

If your appliances are 10 years old or older, they are far less efficient than newer models on the market today. In fact, some are up to 80 percent less efficient than current models! Replace those old appliances, and you’ll be doing both the environment and your monthly energy bill a favor.

5. Make Eco-Friendly Flooring Choices

Did you know the manufacture of carpeting creates millions of gallons of polluted waste water? Favor wood flooring or natural stone tile choices over carpet in your home. If you must choose carpet, select a style made from a natural fiber like bamboo or hemp.

6. Start a Compost Bin In Your Yard

Composting your biodegradable waste allows you to improve soil quality and fuel plant growth in your yard. It also reduces what you’re putting into landfills through traditional waste management disposal methods.

7. Use LED Bulbs In and Around Your Home

Halogen bulbs last an average of 3,000 hours. By contrast, LED bulbs last a stunning 45,000 hours. They also run cooler and use far less energy. While LED bulbs cost more, you’ll use far fewer of them. The savings will be exponential over time, and you’ll reduce your amount of household waste that ends up in landfills.

Living sustainably is easier than you might have thought. In addition to proper waste management and making use of the recycling center whenever possible, these seven tips can help your family to reduce their carbon footprint. You’ll feel better about your day to day choices, and the environment will thank you!

If you need assistance with waste management or recycling center services, count on Lakeshore Recycling Systems. We are the largest private waste management company in the state of Illinois and can assist you with all of your waste management, recycling center/waste diversion, roll-off container and general waste disposal needs.

Top 5 Recycling Tips for Summer

With the summer months in full swing, that means it’s time for barbecues, pool days, trips to the beach and lots of sunscreen. But the summer months also mean that the average family is creating a lot more waste than usual with all the fun times to be had. With so many great activities to enjoy, it’s normal to use a bunch of different products to increase your fun. Make sure you do your part by determining which summer fun items should go to the recycling center and which ones should go in the garbage.

5 Easy Recycling Tips for Summer

Throw a Greener BBQ

Summer is the perfect time to get out and grill with friends and family. But the average BBQ can produce a ton of waste if you don’t plan ahead. At your next BBQ, be sure to ditch the paper and plastic goods in favor of reusable dinnerware and napkins. You can also make recycling certain products easier for your guests by using clearly labeled recycling and waste bins. Lastly, keep in mind that any leftover charcoal briquettes can’t go to the recycling center, they must go in a non-combustible garbage bin.

Take a Closer Look At Your Sunscreen

Keeping your family protected from harmful UV rays can be a full-time job during the summer months. But don’t forget to take a look at which cans and bottles are recyclable before throwing them out. Most metal sunscreen bottles are made from aluminum, which is a highly recyclable material. Even with their plastic tops, used sunscreen bottles can be tossed in with your other recyclables.

Repurpose Old Beach Accessories

While you may have many great memories attached to those old sand pails and shovels, over time they can begin to break down. The same rule applies to old lawn chairs and umbrellas. For any broken plastic items, check to see which type of plastic they are made from before taking them to the recycling center. Or get creative and try incorporating sand pails and shovels into your home garden.

Don’t Trash the Trail

Road trips are a summer tradition for many families across the US. Be kind this summer by paying close attention to the amount of waste you’re creating and do your best to use earth-friendly items like reusable water bottles. Additionally, keep hiking trails clean by always packing out any waste items that you brought in.

Get Your Workout In

Enjoy the beautiful summer weather by skipping quick car rides. By walking, biking, skateboarding or rollerblading to nearby destinations —you can reduce your carbon footprint this summer. And if you’re interested in going the extra mile, try your hand at summer gardening by investing time at your local community garden! You’ll love the extra time outdoors and your family will (hopefully) get to reap the rewards of your green thumb.

Enjoy a Safe and Green Summer

By paying attention to a few extra details, you can help make a greener summer possible for everyone you know. For more great recycling tips, be sure to visit Lakeshore Recycling Systems online today!

Join LRS in Supporting Lupus Society of Illinois

Lakeshore Recycling Systems is made up of 720 dedicated employees who not only strive to improve company operations and service, but are active members in the communities we serve. Within the past year alone, Lakeshore has experienced tremendous feats due to our driven team. With all these achievements we know that when we put our minds to something, anything can become a reality.

With this vision, Lakeshore is supporting Lupus Society of Illinois for the second consecutive year. As a results-driven company, we firmly believe that our support for this organization will help us give lupus the recognition it deserves, improve the lives of those suffering today and find a cure for this terrible disease.

Lupus strikes primarily in women and more prominently women of Latino and African descent. Unfortunately, many of these women to not possess the means to fight this disease.  That’s where your support comes in.

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Lakeshore is supporting Lupus Society of Illinois in the Chicago Lupus Walk on Sunday, September 24 and we invite you to join our team! Follow these three easy steps to get involved today!

  1. REGISTER FREE
    Sign up online and join our Morton Grove team.
  2. WALK WITH LAKESHORE
    On Sunday, September 24 meet us at the Chicago Lupus Walk for a fun-filled day of community support. The 1M and 3M walks are located in Lincoln Park, Grove #2. The event is right off Stockton and LaSalle and will go from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.
  3. DONATE
    Donate to Lupus Society of Illinois on our Morton Grove team page. Donations are tax deductible and all donations will be matched by Lakeshore (up to $5,000) and entered for our company lupus raffle.
  4. RAFFLE
    Lakeshore will host a lupus raffle. The date of the raffle will be announced after the Chicago Lupus Walk. The raffle consist of more than 30 prizes, which includes a 4K TV, an iPad mini, gift cards and so much more!

    All donations placed online will receive the qualifying amount of raffle tickets:
    $5 = 1 ticket
    $10 = 2 tickets
    $20 = 5 tickets
    $50 = 15 tickets
    $100 = 40 tickets

Lakeshore is dedicated to supporting Lupus Society of Illinois. Please consider joining us in the mission to help fight lupus by supporting people living with this disease and funding research. Your donation has a direct impact as 100% of the money raised from the walk is contributed back to Lupus Society of Illinois. Lupus Society of Illinois provides these programs and services to those in need at no cost and the money stays here in Illinois. Remember, every dollar counts!

For questions or comments regarding this initiative, please email Events@LRSrecycles.com.

8 Benefits of Dumpster Rental For Your Business You Might Not Have Expected

When working on a big project, you might be on the fence about whether or not to rent a dumpster. You might think that doing so is just for very large-scale projects; however, dumpster rental covers a range of project sizes that make it an ideal choice in a number of scenarios. Consider these dumpster rental benefits you might not have thought of:

1. A Safer Job Site

There are few things less safe than exposed piles of debris. It poses a risk to employees, management, clients and anyone that may visit the site for any reason. Exposed trash and waste material increases the risk of accidents through exposure, tripping and other dangers. When you rent a dumpster, your work site is automatically free of these risks of piled-up trash and everyone who goes there is safer. Workers also don’t have to haul away sharp, heavy, dangerous debris themselves when you rent a dumpster.

2. Versatile Waste Disposal

While there are as to what can be discarded in a dumpster, overall a range of waste materials can be disposed of. From construction waste, to old furniture, to miscellaneous debris, all of it can be piled into the dumpster for convenient disposal. If you require assistance with hazardous waste disposal, we can help with that, too.

3. Better Compliance

When you partner with a professional waste disposal company, you can rest assured that your trash will be disposed of in accordance with current laws and regulations.

4. A More Efficient Job Site

Having one designated place to discard all waste materials instead of piling it up or using smaller containers can actually make your workers more efficient. It eliminates the time and energy bleed-off associated with waste disposal because the decision is made for them. You also won’t have to have workers make trips to the disposal site themselves; when the job is done, the waste will be automatically removed and taken care of. Your workers are freed up to focus on more value-added tasks.

5. Reduced Risk of Litigation

With a safer, more efficient job site and help with proper waste disposal, the risk of expensive lawsuits for your company automatically decreases. This can save you untold amounts in legal bills going forward.

6. Eco-Friendly

Proper waste disposal is also kinder to the environment. Since more waste can be picked up and disposed of in one trip, this cuts down on CO2 emissions and reduces your company’s carbon footprint.

7. Peace of Mind

Another dumpster rental benefit you might not have expected is the added peace of mind it can bring. With a reduced risk of job site injury and litigation, you’ll sleep better at night and feel more at ease throughout the day.

8. Increased Profits

Employees that can work more safely and efficiently are naturally more productive. This makes your business more productive as well, reducing expenses and boosting the bottom line.

When you rent a dumpster, convenient waste disposal is just the beginning. You’ll also get to enjoy all of these additional benefits of dumpster rental and professional waste removal.

Tips and Insights For Mulching Around Your Commercial Property

The spring and summer seasons are a time for sprucing up the landscaping around your residential, commercial or business property. One of the aspects to address is the placement of mulch around key areas of your natural surroundings.

The purpose of mulch has a number of key components, including:

Moisture Retention. Mulch keeps soil moist and rich by aiding in water retention. The drying effect of the sun and air is blocked so that plants, shrubs and trees with mulch around them do not have to be watered as often.

A Weed Barrier. Mulch also slows or stops the growth of weeds around flower beds and planting areas.

Protective to Plants and Their Roots. With an ideal mulch layer, the roots of your plants will be more protected from the elements. The ground is less likely to freeze; freezing and thawing repeatedly is called “heaving” and can be highly damaging to plants. Plants are also protected from the soil and more likely to remain free of disease.

An Attractive Decorative Element. The placement of mulch also adds decorative appeal to the yard, creating a clean and manicured look that boosts curb appeal.

Prevents Erosion. Since raindrops don’t hit the soil’s surface, the soil is less likely to wash away.

A Note On Materials and Color

Mulch can be created from natural materials or man made. At Lakeshore Recycling Systems, we derive our mulch from recycled wood materials, so it’s extremely friendly to the environment. Our wood chip mulch is stained in a range of colors to meet your design needs and create your desired look.

When making your mulch color selection, be aware that dark-colored mulches absorb and retain the sun’s heat more readily than lighter colors. Light colors reflect the sun’s light and may damage some plant types.

Improper use and placement of mulch can actually cause damage to your landscaping. Use these tips and insights for the best results when mulching around your property.

The Ideal Mulch Layer

The art of getting the most benefit from mulch delivery to your commercial property is installing the proper amount. Too little mulch will make your landscaping look unfinished, and it won’t act as an effective moisture barrier. Using too much mulch can have the effect of suffocating your plants and shrubs. This can cause “girdling roots” and also make the area a breeding ground for plant-damaging insects such as slugs, cutworms and earwigs.

Mulch can be applied any time of year, but the spring and summer months offer the best conditions. The ideal amount of mulch is usually about 3 to 4 inches thick, but this can vary depending upon the type of plants and the effect you are going for. Soil should be watered before the mulch is installed.

For the best possible results from mulch delivery to your commercial property, trust an industry expert with years of experience. Lakeshore Recycling Systems is your top source for expert mulch delivery, application and maintenance in and around the Chicago area.

Street Sweeping Can Help a Neighborhood Shine

When you want a neighborhood to look great, there are many options to look into. One of them is utilizing street sweeping services so the roads look cleaner and have less contaminants. But you don’t want to select just any company for your street sweeping needs. It’s very important to get a company that will go the extra mile and provide you with the necessary level of cleaning. Depending on the location, some streets need more cleaning than others, especially if you have a neighborhood that is consistently dirty or accumulates trash in the gutter areas.

What to Look For in a Street Sweeper

When you are deciding on a street sweeper, make sure to look for a company that offers blowers and vacuums, a combination that helps make the streets as clean as possible. These features remove dirt and grime, and also collects larger pieces of trash to get them off the street. You don’t want something that’s only going to blow the trash around to a different place on the street. It has to remove it, too. With a good vacuum on a street sweeper, liquids are also picked up. It’s not just solids that become an issue, because too much accumulating liquid of any kind can also be a problem for a neighborhood, especially as that liquid starts to dry and collect dirt and debris.

Parking lots, job sites and neighborhood streets all need to be clean, and a company that can take care of all of those areas is a good choice to consider. It’s not just about having your neighborhood look great. It’s also about making sure contaminants don’t get into local waterways through the sewer systems, and that nothing damages the pavement on the street. When you protect the environment and the streets through street sweeping, though, you’ll be doing a lot for the planet, reducing infrastructure costs and also making sure that your neighborhood is a clean, safe and great place to live.

Why Choose a Particular Company?

You don’t want to pick just any company that offers blowers and vacuums in its street sweeper options. Instead, you want to choose a company that is skilled in the business, and whose reputation you can examine in order to make sure you’re getting the quality and service you want and need. If you choose someone who is brand new, they aren’t going to have the experience to really get the job done. You may end up with a job that is less than the quality you were hoping for, and you may have to go through the hassle of changing companies. Choosing wisely the first time can help you avoid all of that concern.

With a company like , you can get quality street sweeping for your Chicago neighborhood. Give us a call today, and start making your location shine with street sweeping services you can count on.

Lakeshore Recycling Systems Wins Biggest Safety Improvement Award from Solid Waste Association of North America

Essential Waste Management Tips For Before and After a Storm

Summer weather brings the sunny, warm conditions that we all look forward to all year. However, mid- and late summer humidity can also set the stage for dangerous, destructive summer storms. High winds, torrential rains, hail, thunder, lightning and tornadoes are all potential elements of summer storms. That said, severe conditions are possible at any time of the year in the Midwest.

Being aware of the waste management requirements to prepare for and recover from stormy conditions is essential. It can help building owners to effectively manage their businesses and residential properties and make a fast recovery. The following are some of the essential waste management steps to employ before and after a major storm:

Pre-Storm Waste Management Preparations

Put Landscaping and Remodeling on Pause. Temporarily halt all tree trimming and property maintenance efforts that could generate additional waste.

Secure All Waste Containers. Take steps to secure all trash and recycling containers, including dumpsters. Weight the lids and move all containers away from open spaces if possible.

Pause Curbside Placement. Don’t put any bulk or loose items curbside until the all-clear after a storm is issued.

Address Potential Outdoor Hazards. Bundle any loose debris on your property and tie it down so that it doesn’t become hazardous to people, pets, vehicles and other properties in the event there are high winds.

Waste Management Steps Following a Storm

Resume Regular Sorting. After the all-clear has been issued, the separation of waste and recyclable materials should resume as before.

Addressing Storm Debris. Waste from the storm should be placed curbside separate from normal trash and recycling items. Debris from a storm might include fallen tree branches, roof shingles, siding, fencing as well as items affected by flooding such as carpet and furniture.

Trash Collection Schedules. Bear in mind that waste and recyclables collection schedules will likely be disrupted in the event of a storm. Collection will be halted until after the storm danger has passed, and then it will likely be delayed due to the need to catch up and address the extra waste the storm has created. Check municipal websites as well as our business site for up to date information about what to expect in your area.

Both major and minor storms can disrupt the waste management Morton Grove pickup times and bring about special considerations that fall outside of normal business and residential parameters. This can generate risk and confusion for property owners. Both businesses and residential property owners look for the return of essential and vital services as soon as possible after any crisis situation.

We invite our clients to use our service as a resource to help navigate the issues and conditions that a summer storm (or any storm) can create. We pride ourselves on being a community partner dedicated to the health, safety and success of all businesses and property owners. We bring a type of waste management Morton Grove knows and trusts. We’ll also bring you essential advice and information to ensure special circumstances like storms can be handled safely and effectively.

Where Does Chicago’s Recycling Go?

Committed to 100% Customer Satisfaction

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Looking halfway through the year, Lakeshore is proud of the new services, employees, customers and systems we have been able to bring in. These past six months have only proved that we do not expect to slow down in providing our customers with an all-around solution to better waste management. Our commitment to exceptional customer service cannot be measured with numbers, but with the feedback and ideas to improve from our valued community members.

Beginning July 1 through the end of December, we are asking you to help us take our services to the next level by sharing with us your suggestions for company-wide improvement. Your feedback will not only help us provide exceptional service, it will help to create a more sustainable community.

Committed to customer satisfaction, we kindly ask you to follow these three simple steps and you will automatically be entered to win a deluxe Lakeshore thank you basket.

  1. Brainstorm ideas on how we can better service you.
  2. Follow us on any of our social media platforms and share with us your feedback.
  3. Be entered for a chance to win a deluxe Lakeshore thank you basket.

 

We are confident that with your help, we can achieve 100% customer satisfaction. So help make a difference in your community today by heading to one of our social media channels and give us your feedback!