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LRS Recognized With Better Business Bureau's 2017 Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics

Bestowed by the Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois, Lakeshore Recycling Systems Receives Honorable Mention for Companies with 500 to 7,499 Employees

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - November 17, 2016) - Lakeshore Recycling Systems (LRS), the Midwest's leading independent waste and recycling hauler today announced the Better Business Bureau (BBB) has recognized LRS with an Honorable Mention in the 2017 Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics competition for companies with 500 to 7,499 employees.

"The Torch Award is the premier award the BBB can present to a company," says Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. "Torch Award winners and honorable mentions demonstrate the highest ethical standards and trust with customers, business partners, shareholders and the communities in which they do business."

LRS is the only waste and recycling company in Chicago and Northern Illinois to ever win recognition in this category. LRS has held accreditation and an A+ ranking with BBB since early 2015.

"We thank the Better Business Bureau for this esteemed honor, which comes at a time of continuing marketplace expansion and a longstanding adherence to maintaining the highest ethical standards and values. We are grateful and accept this award on behalf of our employees, customers and communities we serve," said LRS Chief Executive Officer Alan T. Handley.

Now in its 20th year serving Chicago and Northern Illinois, recipients of the BBB Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics were evaluated and selected by a team of outside judges from local colleges, universities and businesses.

To be considered, LRS submitted ethical examples in current practice, spotlighting the company's values, executive leadership commitment, internal and external communications, management best practices, human resources and community involvement.

"This highly respected designation is another feather in our cap as we continue to forge and maintain meaningful relationships and a sustainable brand folks know and trust," said Managing Partner Joshua B. Connell.

The BBB will honor all Torch Award recipients at a luncheon in early December.

About Lakeshore Recycling Systems

Serving Chicagoland for over 17 years, Lakeshore Recycling Systems (LRS) specializes in recycling and waste diversion programs, affordable roll-off container services and comprehensive waste removal to Chicagoland businesses and residential homeowners. LRS owns and operates six Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs), a fleet of fuel-efficient natural gas-powered trucks and is run by over 600 committed full-time employees. LRS is a recipient of Chicago Public Schools' coveted Best Partnership Award, is ranked #35 on Waste360's 2016 Top 100 Waste and Recycling Companies in North America and is a 2016 multi-Stevie award winning company with honors including Grand Stevie, Company of the Year, Most Innovative Company of the Year and Fastest Growing Company of the Year. Controlling over 2.2 million tons-per-year, LRS does not own a landfill and is committed to raising awareness for a more environmentally sustainable and scalable business model that fuels the circular economy. To learn more, visit

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