At our Heartland Recycling Center, we handle more than 110,000 tons of high-grade residential and commercial single-stream recyclables. LRS sorts, separates, and allocates over 20 tons of waste per hour at this facility, the most advanced single-stream recycling system in the Midwest!
A Growing Fleet of Green Vehicles
In 2022, LRS purchased its first electric collections truck, embracing and navigating a shift from diesel to CNG and ultimately electric, as economies of scale improve within the industry. LRS is on a mission and path to be Net Zero by 2040, relying solely on renewable energy sources of power and energy, and to generate little to no mobile or stationary emissions for climate preservation and stability.
Community Education & Outreach
Developing the next generation of environmental stewards, LRS is the waste & recycling partner for Chicago Public Schools, the nation’s third largest school system. As part of our commitment to support the district’s zero waste goals, LRS has introduced composting in 24 CPS schools. We continue to educate students through virtual and in-person presentations, promoting zero waste programs, and being mindful of how we discard the waste we generate.
Ever wonder what happens to your trash and recyclables after you put them at the curb? Let LRS take you inside the journey!
1. Customer Sorting – The customer sorts and separates recyclable materials from waste.
2. Collection – LRS collects waste and recycling separately, delivering materials to our cutting-edge facilities for sorting.
3. Sorting at Facilities – Working in sync with our advanced machinery, LRS team members maximize diversion to ensure we’re able to recycle as much material as possible. LRS diverts up to 40% of material that would normally be taken to landfills!
4. Recycling Materials – Once the materials are sorted and separated, recyclables are sold to be turned into raw material. Residuals that cannot be recycled are taken to a landfill.
5. Recycling is Marketed – Recycled materials are repurposed as new items to be bought or used again by the public.