LRS West DuPage Recycling and Transfer Station

LRS WEST DUPAGE RECYCLING
AND TRANSFER STATION

What you need to know about the Recycling and Transfer Station in West Chicago?

This informational web page was created for the residents of West Chicago and DuPage County to learn more about LRS, our plans to improve the existing West DuPage Recycling and Transfer Station (RTS) and our commitment to the communities we service.
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Where is the West DuPage RTS?

West DuPage RTS is located within a manufacturing zone of incorporated West Chicago at 1655 Powis Road. This facility is a vital asset for the entire community, providing essential services for local businesses, homes, municipalities, construction companies and other service providers.
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Click the topics below to learn more about LRS, our proposed West Chicago RTS modifications and the many benefits for the local West Chicago and DuPage County communities.

What is a transfer station?​

A transfer station is used by local service providers to drop-off recyclable and waste materials to be sorted and loaded into a bulk loads where materials are transported to the next processing or disposal endpoint.

Benefits for the West Chicago and DuPage County communities​

With the planned upgrades, LRS and local service providers will not have to travel to out of county transfer stations to dispose of materials collected from DuPage County.

The LRS Solution​

Our plans include a state-of-the-art facility, leveraging new technology and innovation, to provide DuPage County residents, businesses and municipalities essential services at competitive rates.

We are here for you. If you have questions regarding our planned upgrades, you may email us anytime at WestDuPageRTS@LRSrecycles.com

What is a transfer station?

A transfer station is used by local service providers to drop-off recyclable and waste materials to be sorted and loaded into a bulk loads where materials are transported to the next processing or disposal endpoint.
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Local crews bring recyclable and waste materials collected from homes, businesses and construction projects, and each load of material is weighed.

From there, crews are directed to a designated area to empty the materials.

Equipment is used to bulk load materials into a large semi-truck known as a transfer trailer.

Materials brought into the transfer station are transported out each day to their final disposal destination or to be baled and recycled.

Benefits for the West Chicago and DuPage County community

Positive Environmental Impact

With the planned upgrades, LRS and local service providers will be able to reduce travel distance to dispose of materials collected from DuPage County.
This means the facility will serve to improve the local environment by reducing carbon emissions.

Reduced Miles

(Per Year)

Reduced Miles

(Over 20 year Operating period)

Reduced Fuel Usage

(Gallons over 20 year operating period)

Reduced Emissions

(Pound of CO2 over 20 year operating period)

LRS MSW
Collection Vehicles

75,000

1.5 million

425,000

9.51 million

Other
Collection Vehicles

40,000

800,000

230,000

5.15 million

Hydro
Vehicles

685,000

13.7 million

3.914 million

87.60 million

Total

800,000

16 million

4.569 million

102.26 million

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Bringing recycling to entire community

The new LRS facility will include a resident recycling drop-off center for common household items like plastic, paper and aluminum, providing recycling services to underserved apartment complexes and multi-family homes across DuPage County. Additionally, residents may bring landfill-banned electronics (e-waste) to be properly handled and recycled . Items such as TVs, laptops, cords, chargers, adapters, monitors and more may be brought to West Chicago for safe and responsible disposal. 
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More Local Jobs

This project will accelerate our ability to stimulate both the DuPage County and West Chicago economies by adding long-term and well-paying jobs with excellent health, welfare and pension benefits. LRS currently has 125 employees in West Chicago and is committed to giving first consideration to residents residing in West Chicago and DuPage County.
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Traffic Safety & Roadway Improvements

LRS will be investing $650,000 towards improvements for Powis Road. Enhancements include street widening, as well as new left and right turn lanes. Additionally, LRS Clean Sweep will conduct daily road inspections and provide routine street-sweeping, ensuring Powis Road is kept neat and clean.
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Airport Safety Benefits

Modifications to our facility will also serve to improve the safety at DuPage Airport, which are driven by increased capabilities related to instrument flight rules and reduction in wildlife attractants.
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The LRS Solution

Our plans include a state-of-the-art facility, leveraging new technology and innovation, to provide DuPage County residents, businesses and municipalities essential services at competitive rates. LRS has worked diligently with renowned environmental engineering firms and local governmental bodies to ensure this facility is an environmental benefit to West Chicago and DuPage County and will reduce carbon emissions.

Doors to the building will stay closed until a truck pulls up. The door will open to allow the truck inside and then close behind the truck, once safely inside. While the truck is unloading, the doors will remain closed allowing the air ventilation system to capture and eliminate potential odors. The doors remain closed throughout the day and will only open for trucks entering and leaving.

HISTORY OF West DuPage RTS

Our current facility is located on 27 acres in the heart of West Chicago's manufacturing area and has been active for over 20 years. The site was previously abandoned prior to being acquired by K. Hoving and LRS. After significant financial investment into environmental improvements and property upgrades, this location was the 6th recycle facility in the USA to become LEED Certified (Leadership in Energy and Design). This certification speaks to the responsibility and proven character of LRS, as well as our unyielding commitment to environmental stewardship in our community.

Current operations

Presently, our team provides various essential services throughout DuPage County from our West DuPage RTS to over 70,000 homes and thousands of businesses.

Construction and Demolition (C&D) Recycling

Materials are brought to this location, sorted by material type and transported in bulk to their final user or recycler. We are consistently seeking the best use for products like turning wood scraps into mulch for local landscaping projects. LRS also operates a special pallet reuse program from the West DuPage RTS facility that many local contractors use.

Roll-off Dumpsters

For over 20 years, LRS has been a leader in providing roll-off dumpsters to many local residents, businesses and construction sites in order to safely dispose of waste.
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On-site Storage Units

We provide on-site storage units to job sites throughout DuPage County to help keep equipment safe for the duration of a project.
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Recycling, Refuse, Yard Waste and Organic Services

For over two decades, LRS has provided services for DuPage County residents and businesses, including recycling, refuse, yard waste and organic services.
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Street Sweeping

Our Clean Sweep services provide street sweeping to over 50 local municipalities, and thousands of businesses, venues, construction sites and parking lots.
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Portable Restrooms

Portable restroom units are used by residents, businesses and construction companies and can often be found at work sites and special events.
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Current team

Our team of dedicated individuals share our values and commitments, supporting the overall health and safety of the DuPage County communities we service. At present, our West Chicago team is made up of over 125 area residents and we offer them attractive benefits and compensation packages.
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Changes in the waste industry

DuPage County is the second largest county in Illinois and home to nearly one million people, thousands of small businesses and many major companies. Despite population growth in the area, the number of recycling and waste disposal and transfer facilities has been decreasing for years.
In 2021, DuPage County generated approximately 1.5 million tons of waste materials, most of which needs to be hauled out of the county due to lack of transfer stations. This means hundreds of diesel fueled trucks are driving excessive miles each day resulting in a negative impact to the environment. Based on available public information, it’s estimated that local companies, like LRS are often forced to drive over 30 miles just to empty their trucks prior to returning to their route.

Reduced Miles

(Per Year)

Reduced Miles

(Over 20 year Operating period)

Reduced Fuel Usage

(Gallons over 20 year operating period)

Reduced Emissions

(Pound of CO2 over 20 year operating period)

LRS MSW
Collection Vehicles

75,000

1.5 million

425,000

9.51 million

Other
Collection Vehicles

40,000

800,000

230,000

5.15 million

Hydro Excavation
Vehicles

685,000

13.7 million

3.914 million

87.60 million

Total

800,000

16 million

4.569 million

102.26 million

Meet LRS

LRS is the local industry leader, providing innovative and environmentally responsible waste and recycling solutions. Our Midwest team with over 2,200 employees deliver exceptional service through relentless commitment to customer satisfaction, adherence to safety excellent and preservation of our environment.
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LRS has a proven track record of environmental stewardship and material management with a strategic focus on environmentally positive innovation and improvements. Originally founded over 20 years ago as a recycling company, we continue to encourage a circular economy wherever possible, locally resourcing 99% of the material we collect in the USA. We have exceeded industry standards, as demonstrated by the multitude of prestigious awards, certifications and renowned accolades we have received throughout the years.
LRS has a proven track record of environmental stewardship and material management with a strategic focus on environmentally positive innovation and improvements. Originally founded over 20 years ago as a recycling company, we continue to encourage a circular economy wherever possible, locally resourcing 99% of the material we collect in the USA. We have exceeded industry standards, as demonstrated by the multitude of prestigious awards, certifications and renowned accolades we have received throughout the years.

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