CHICAGO, March 02, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Lakeshore Recycling Systems (LRS), the largest independent waste and recycling provider in Illinois, today announced it has been recognized by the Daily Herald Business Ledger as a winner in its 28th Annual Awards for Business Excellence (AABE) in the category of Innovation in Business. LRS’ Managing Partner, Joshua Connell, will accept the award on behalf of LRS’ more than 760 employees at a special recognition dinner, March 29, in Wheaton.

A total of 26 companies, based in the Chicagoland suburbs, were honored in seven award categories. The AABEs, given for business achievement, growth and community involvement, are presented to outstanding businesses and non-profit organizations with a significant presence in the suburban circulation area of the Daily Herald Business Ledger (DuPage County, Fox Valley, NW Cook County, Lake County, West Cook County, Southwest Cook County and Will County).

“The Annual Awards for Business Excellence recognizes companies for both their business achievement and community involvement. We are honored to highlight this select group of companies from the over ninety nominations that we received,” said Andrew Zielonka, Daily Herald Business Ledger’s Manager of Sales and Operations.

“Creating innovative and sustainable waste diversion solutions for our customers has and always will be at the forefront of everything we do. Our core mission of sustainability differentiates LRS from our competition. Our innovative and breakthrough technologies help improve service delivery accuracy, operational safety and the quality our customers rightfully expect,” Handley said. “Unlike the majority of all waste collection companies deriving their revenue by owning and depositing waste into landfills, LRS differentiates by proving that socially responsible and environmentally sustainable practices are good for business—the more we recycle and divert from landfills the more we earn and grow.”

LRS is among the nation’s leading, independent providers of innovative and environmentally-conscious waste and recycling services. From the company’s sustainability-based operating model and investment and successful installation of a state-of-the-art single-stream recycling center, to adding RFID technology on waste disposal containers and introducing the nation’s first privately-held aerobic digester, the continuous investment in innovation and next generation technologies remains a cornerstone of the company’s success.

About Lakeshore Recycling Systems

Serving greater Chicago for 20 years, Lakeshore Recycling Systems (LRS) is the largest independent waste company in Illinois. The company specializes in recycling and waste diversion programs, affordable roll-off container services, portable restroom rentals, mulch distribution, street sweeping, on-site storage options and comprehensive waste removal for Chicagoland businesses and residential homeowners. LRS owns and operates seven Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs), fuel-efficient natural gas-powered trucks and is operated safely by over 760 committed full-time employees. LRS is a recipient of the 2017 Illinois Sustainability Award, numerous Stevie awards, and earned Chicago Public Schools' coveted Best Partnership Award. Controlling over 2.3 million tons-per-year, LRS does not own a landfill and is committed to scaling its sustainability-based business model to fuel a more circular economy. Visit and follow @LRSrecycles.

About Daily Herald Business Ledger

The Daily Herald Business Ledger is the leading provider of business news and information about businesses and the economy in suburban Chicago. The company publishes a bi-weekly newspaper and also distributes information through special publications, an Internet site and a daily e-mail newsletter. In addition, The Business Ledger hosts a series of seminars, conferences and awards programs. The Business Ledger is a sister publication to the Daily Herald and part of the Paddock Publications family. For more information,

Lakeshore Recycling Systems Contact:
Meaghan Johnson
Director of Marketing
Lakeshore Recycling Systems

Daily Herald Business Ledger Contact:
Kat Polomsky
Daily Herald Media Group

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