Lakeshore Recycling Systems (LRS), a recycling and waste management firm located in the Chicago area, has announced it is the first privately held company in the United States to introduce the use of an aerobic digester to process collected organic waste into a fertilizer byproduct.
Launched in collaboration with Morton Grove, Illinois-based EcoloCap Solutions, a pioneer in organic waste recycling, the digester will divert organic waste, i.e., food scraps, from landfills, lowering the risk of water pollution and the emission of methane gas and odor into the environment, says the company.
LRS will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 13, at its California Avenue material recovery facility, 3152 South California Ave. in Chicago. The event will feature a step-by-step demonstration of the digester as it converts 15 tons of continuous fruits and vegetables into a high-grade compost and organic fertilizer, and will include remarks from LRS and EcoloCap senior executives.
When deposited in landfills, LRS says organic waste runs the risk of contaminating water, and emits odorous hydrogen sulfide gas and methane gas (a greenhouse gas). LRS’ organic recycling operations will convert organic waste into a high-grade compost and organic fertilizer that is ready to ship to local companies for mixing and distribution. The process delivers an end product that is reduced in weight and volume by 70 percent, according to the company. The technology is ideal for urban environments as it can operate on a smaller footprint, needs little labor/overhead and its process and output are odorless.
“Our technology helps companies in all industries reduce their waste costs and become more sustainable for the long term,” says EcoloCap CEO James Kwak. “We are thrilled to join forces with LRS and look forward to seeing our technology divert organic waste from landfills, reducing its size and form, and finding new uses for it in the environmental and industrial ecosystem.”
“LRS is once again setting the standard in waste and recycling innovation, from the implementation of RFID-enabled bins last year to ensure ironclad service accuracy to our substantial investments to accelerate recycling output in Chicago, we are reinventing the way waste is diverted from landfills throughout the Midwest,” says LRS CEO Alan T. Handley. “As it pertains to organic waste, our collaboration with EcoloCap is a direct challenge to the status quo and rampant empathy that permeates the larger waste industry. LRS will continue to invest in extremely innovative and commercial viable technologies that are both profitable as well as advance the circular economy.”
Serving Chicagoland for nearly 20 years, LRWS is the largest private waste company in Illinois, specializing in recycling and waste diversion programs, roll-off container services and waste removal to Chicagoland businesses and residential homeowners. LRS owns and operates seven MRFs, a fleet of natural gas-powered trucks and is run by more than 720 full-time employees.
LRS was profiled in the October 2016 issue of Recycling Today. To view the profile, click here.
EcoloCap Solutions says it pioneered the recycling of the organic waste market. An environment-oriented company that develops and manufactures high-speed biofermentation machines with the goal of remediating waste, EcoloCaps says its mission is to continue to innovate through continuous efforts, accumulated technology and various field experience. ECOS/Bio-ART machines are helping to lead the healthy soil environment and energy production business by changing the way the world handles waste. By using high-performance organic fertilizer production, EcoloCap introduces a high-grade fertilizer to the market.