MORTON GROVE, IL--(Marketwired - Apr 22, 2014) - Lakeshore Recycling Systems, Chicagoland's leader in recycling and waste diversion services, today announced on the occasion of Earth Day 2014 it has been awarded an exclusive five-year contract to perform recycling and waste removal services for all 658 schools in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) system. Services began Jan. 1, 2014, and the selection of LRS is expected to save the nation's third largest school system approximately $1.5 million per year through the implementation of programs designed to streamline and economize previous service levels.

"We are pleased to announce the selection of Lakeshore Recycling Systems as our exclusive recycling and waste removal partner," said Meredith C. McDermott, Sustainability Manager for Chicago Public Schools. "From students to principals, custodians to district chiefs, and parents to community leaders, our awareness of the significant footprint we have as a large district is essential to our continuous improvement. The recycling process can help mitigate our overall impact while also teaching the younger generation to be environmental stewards."

LRS secured the contract in part for its ability to measurably increase recycling participation, working closely with CPS to establish key performance indicators that track the success of service level goals targeted at raising awareness among students, teachers/faculty, building staff, parents and communities on the importance of recycling and waste diversion.

"Winning the Chicago Public Schools contract is certainly a feather in our cap from a business perspective, but more importantly it represents an opportunity to measurably impact, educate and empower future generations on the importance of recycling and respect for the environment we all share," said LRS Managing Partner Josh Connell.

Chicago Public Schools serves 400,000 students in 658 schools. It is the nation's third-largest school district.

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 350 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, 'Like' us on Facebook and follow on Twitter @LRSHauler.

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