LRS today is among the nation’s leading recycling innovators, and an early adopter of the circular operating model aimed at diverting more waste from landfills to improve environmental sustainability and our bottom line.
In June 2018, to improve efficiency and recycling throughput, LRS made first-in-the-nation history by installing the first artificial intelligence-equipped Machinex Samurai Sorting Robot at our award-winning, LEED-certified Heartland Single Stream Recycling Center in Forest View, Illinois.
The 40,000-square-foot facility on Chicago’s southern outskirts processes more than 110,000 tons of high-grade residential and commercial single-stream recyclables using the robotic sorter. Specifically, Samurai sorts, separates and allocates more than 20 tons of waste per hour, creating numerous efficiencies and creating more than 100 operator jobs to manage a machine of this size and scale.
In early 2021, LRS was named the City of Chicago’s exclusive recycling partner, serving more than 620,000 households in four of the City’s Blue Cart Recycling Program zones. LRS also has served the waste and recycling needs of more than 650 Chicago Public Schools, the nation’s third largest school system, where we have implemented food scrap composting at 24 CPS schools.
Today, LRS diverts more than 40 percent of all the Municipal Solid Waste it collects, including repurposing through a vast network of partners valuable commodities including: Construction and Demolition (C&D) debris, roofing shingles, dry wall, scrap metal, wood, railroad ties and soil, among other materials.
Today LRS operates 62 facilities for commercial recycling and residential recycling across nine states: Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Arkansas, Kansas and Tennessee.