31 Jul Lakeshore Recycling Systems Earns Chicago Public Schools’ Coveted ‘Best Partnership Award’
Recognized annually by CPS, the Best Partnership Award is bestowed on a supplier who demonstrates a commitment to students, a willingness to collaborate, and whose actions change behaviors and policies that result in quantifiable cost savings.
CHICAGO, July 31, 2014 – Lakeshore Recycling Systems (LRS), Chicagoland’s leading independent recycling and waste diversion services provider, today announced it has been named the recipient of Chicago Public Schools’ coveted Best Partnership Award for suppliers who demonstrate superior commitment to students and a strong track record of collaboration. CPS is the nation’s third largest public school system serving more than 400,000 students in 658 schools.
According to CPS, the Best Partnership Award is bestowed on the supplier who most demonstrates initiative in creating efficiency and driving costs down. This supplier also has to have worked with CPS to take action and change behaviors/policies resulting in quantifiable cost savings. More than 200 strategic source suppliers were eligible recipients this year. Notable past winners include RJB Properties, Office Depot, Mackin Educational, Sentinel Technologies, CAPE, and AM Bus Company.
“From the outset, our partnership with LRS has been rooted in meaningfully educating our student base and workforce on the value and importance of waste recycling, as well as to creating efficiencies that we measure against key performance indicators to track progress,” said CPS Sustainability Manager Meredith C. McDermott. “We are pleased to recognize LRS with the Best Partnership Award and look forward to their ongoing contribution to strengthen, sustain and grow CPS into the future.”
LRS performs recycling and waste removal services for all 658 schools in the CPS system as part of an exclusive five-year contract that is expected to save CPS $7.5 million through the implementation of programs designed to streamline and economize previous service levels.
“We are humbled, honored and grateful to CPS to be recognized with this generous accolade that truly symbolizes the best in education, collaboration, and resource optimization,” said LRS Managing Partner Josh Connell. “We look forward to making a difference for CPS and to educating the next generation of recyclers to be valuable stewards of their environment.”
In June, LRS acquired Forest View, Ill.-based Heartland Recycling, and as a result, the company now processes more than 1.5 million tons of waste material annually and controls and processes more waste than any other private company in Illinois.
With primary operations in Chicago and its suburbs, is a diversified waste services company providing commercial, residential, recycling and roll-off waste collection and diversion services to more than 6,000 commercial and municipal customers. LRS counts more than 400 employees and operates the largest Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) in Illinois.
About Lakeshore Recycling Systems
Serving Chicagoland for more than 12 years and headquartered in Morton Grove, Ill., Lakeshore Recycling Systems is Chicago’s leading recycling and waste diversion services provider. LRS provides recycling and waste diversion programs, affordable roll-off container services and comprehensive waste removal to businesses and residential homeowners. LRS operates a growing fleet of natural gas-powered trucks and is run by more than 400 committed full-time employees. In addition to servicing all 658 schools in the Chicago Public Schools system, LRS actively participates in the City of Chicago’s Blue Cart Residential Recycling Program and is committed to raising awareness and fostering discussion on the importance of recycling and environmental sustainability. Learn more and follow the company at www.lrsrecycles.com, ‘Like’ us on Facebook and follow on Twitter @LRSRecycles.