Lakeshore Recycling Systems Is First in the United States to Integrate Breakthrough Aerobic Digester Into Its Organic Waste Diversion Process

Launched in collaboration with EcoloCap Solutions, LRS will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday, Sept. 13, at 2 p.m. at its California Ave. Materials Recovery Facility, 3152 California Ave., to spotlight the digester’s conversion of food scraps to a fertilizer byproduct

CHICAGO, IL–(Marketwired – September 11, 2017) – Lakeshore Recycling Systems (LRS), the Midwest’s leading independent recycling and waste diversion services provider, today 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, Ill.-based EcoloCap Solutions, a pioneer in organic waste recycling, the digester will divert organic waste (food scraps) from landfills, lowering the risk of water pollution and the emission of methane gas and odor into the environment.

LRS will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 13, at its California Avenue Material Recovery Facility, 3152 South California Avenue 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. Interested media can RSVP by email:

When deposited in landfills, 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. 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,” said 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,” said LRS Chief Executive Officer 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.”

About Lakeshore Recycling Systems

Serving Chicagoland for nearly 20 years, Lakeshore Recycling Systems (LRS) is the largest private waste company in Illinois, specializing 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 seven Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs), a fleet of fuel-efficient natural gas-powered trucks and is run by over 720 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 Company of the Year, Most Innovative Company of the Year and Fastest Growing Company of the Year. Controlling over 2.3 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

About EcoloCap

EcoloCap Solutions pioneered the recycling of the organic waste market. An environment-oriented company that develops and manufactures high-speed bio-fermentation machines with the goal of remediating waste. EcoloCaps’ mission is to continue to innovate through continuous efforts, accumulated technology, and various field experience. ECOS/Bio-ART machines, are leading 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 through organic own waste. With a commitment to investors, customers, and to the quality of products we provide, EcoloCap will do is becoming a leading company in organic material and waste.