DePaul University Awards Exclusive 10-Year Commercial Waste, Recycling Services Contract to Lakeshore Recycling Systems Effective July 2019

LRS now services a majority of Chicago’s higher education institutions

Morton Grove, Illinois, UNITED STATES

CHICAGO, June 13, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Lakeshore Recycling Systems (LRS), the Midwest’s leading independent recycling and waste diversion provider, today announced it has been awarded an exclusive ten-year commercial waste and recycling contract by DePaul University, the nation’s largest Catholic university, effective July 2019.

The contract award expands the LRS commercial service area and builds on the company’s legacy of serving Chicago’s leading colleges and universities. Specifically, LRS will help DePaul improve recycling participation, reduce recycling contamination by co-developing educational materials, conducting on-site educational sessions and providing facility tours for students.

“We know we will be in good hands with LRS because they have invested heavily in the technology and infrastructure required to maximize the recovery of recyclable materials from our waste streams,” said DePaul University Director of Facility Operations Richard Wiltse. “LRS’ mission of sustainability aligns well with our core values and we look forward to their services.”

LRS serves more higher education institutions than any other industry provider, delivering safe, innovative and sustainable waste and recycling services. From offering facility tours to providing educational materials and signage, to assisting with green initiatives and committees, LRS provides colleges and universities the resources they need to make their sustainability programs successful.

“We are always pleased to service and partner with commercial businesses and organizations whose environmental values align with our mission,” said LRS Managing Partner Joshua Connell. “Serving highly respected institutions, like DePaul University, is important as these relationships advance our mission of sustainability, and motivate future generations of young leaders to create environmental change throughout the world.”

In addition to DePaul University, LRS services Loyola University Chicago, The University of Chicago, Illinois Institute of Technology, Oakton Community College, all Chicago Public Schools and seven community colleges in the City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) system. LRS is the waste and recycling industry partner of choice for the majority of Chicago’s higher education institutions and provides schools with the materials, information and services they need to be more sustainable and environmentally responsible.

About Lakeshore Recycling Systems

Lakeshore Recycling Systems is the largest privately held waste services company in Illinois and Wisconsin. For over 20 years, LRS has specialized in recycling and waste diversion programs, affordable roll-off container services, portable restroom rentals, mulch distribution, street sweeping, on-site storage and comprehensive waste removal for businesses and residential homeowners in Chicago, northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. Delivering services through 13 regional hubs, LRS owns and operates 15 Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs), a fleet of fuel-efficient natural gas-powered trucks, and thrives on the passion of more than 920 dedicated full-time employees. 

LRS holds numerous industry honors and accolades, including: the 2018 Illinois Sustainability Award; the Chicago Public Schools' coveted Best Partnership Award; and ranks #35 on the latest Waste360 Top 100 Waste and Recycling Companies in North America. Controlling over 2.5 million tons-per-year, LRS diverts more waste from landfills than any other provider, and is focused on delivering safe, innovative, sustainability-focused services through a scalable business model. To learn more, visit

Company Contact:
Meaghan Johnson
Director of Marketing
Lakeshore Recycling Systems

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