Chicago Waste, Recycling Firms Merge to Form Lakeshore Waste

Allan Gerlat, News Editor

January 10, 2013

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Chicago Waste, Recycling Firms Merge to Form Lakeshore Waste

Lakeshore Waste Services LLC and Recycling Systems Inc. have merged to form Lakeshore Recycling Systems LLC (LRS) to serve the Chicago area.

LRS will provide commercial, residential, recycling and roll-off waste collection services to commercial and municipal customers. The company also owns and operates the largest material recovery facility in Illinois, processing nearly one million tons of waste annually, according to a news release from Livingstone Partners, a Chicago-based investment firm that advised on the merger.

Lakeshore Waste is based in Morton Grove, Ill., a suburb of Chicago, and Recycling Systems is headquartered in Chicago. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Lakeshore Recycling will emphasize waste material management, including recycling, beneficial reuse and landfill diversion.

Josh Connell, CEO of Lakeshore, said the merger along with capital from investment partners Tensile Capital Management of San Francisco and Comerica Bank of Dallas, “will allow us to rapidly expand from our combined position as a top three independent in Chicagoland.”

About the Author(s)

Allan Gerlat

News Editor, Waste360

Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.

Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.

Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.

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