Lakeshore Opens a New Single-Stream MRF

>Lakeshore Opens a New Single-Stream MRF

Lakeshore Opens a New Single-Stream MRF

Official Opening March 16th, 2016

Lakeshore Recycling Systems officially opened their new material recovery facility in Forest View, IL. The single stream system, in operation for only three weeks, was designed, engineered, manufactured, and installed by Machinex.

Receiving 110,000 tons per year of residential and commercial material from the Chicagoland area, the company also serves all 605 Chicago public schools and eight city colleges.

The new system includes advanced sorting technologies, such as a series of discs screen separators: a MACH OCC, to sort the cardboard; a MACH One to separate the newspapers; and a Mach Ballistic to be used as a finishing screen to increase the quality on mixed fibers. The MACH Hyspec ® Optical Sortersorts PET bottles with an efficiency up to 98%. Also included into the system are ferrous and a non-ferrous separators to sort metal containers, a Closed Door Baler for plastic film, and a Glass Cleanup System to obtain marketable glass. Lakeshore also chose the new Machinex High Capacity II-Ram Baler. The system exceeds capacity and performance, since it was required for 15 tons per hour, and Machinex proved out the system at a higher capacity of 22.5 tons per hour.

“Machinex is extremely proud of the results of this project and we are especially very pleased with the confidence shown by the Lakeshore management team. Our flexibility, our listening, and our responsiveness put them in confidence with us, and as always we ensured that the design of the system was meeting their needs”, says Chris Hawn, Machinex North American Sales Manager.

Jon Schroeder, General Manager at Lakeshore Recycling Systems commented on the project: “We are really pleased with the Machinex team during all of the steps of the project. From their installation crew to the start-up team, their employees were great to work with. Everyone was very professional and made time to listen to our questions and concerns and addressed them right away. Overall, we are very happy with Machinex equipment. We look forward to working with this great partner in the future and on continued support of this system.”

About Lakeshore Recycling Systems

Serving Chicagoland for over 17 years and headquartered in Morton Grove, Illinois, Lakeshore Recycling Systems (LRS) is Chicagoland’s leading recycling and waste diversion services provider. LRS specializes in recycling and waste diversion programs, affordable roll-off container services and comprehensive waste removal to businesses and residential homeowners. LRS operates six Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs), a fleet of fuel-efficient natural gas-powered trucks, and is run by over 540 committed full-time employees. LRS is a recipient of Chicago Public Schools’ coveted Best Partnership Award, a recipient of the National Association of Environmental Professionals 2016 Environmental Excellence in Best Available Technology award, and is ranked #31 on Waste360’s 2015 Top 100 waste and recycling companies in North America. At over 2 million tons-per-year, no other independent company in Illinois collects, diverts and recycles as much as LRS. LRS owns no landfills and is committed to raising awareness and fostering discussion on the importance of recycling to fuel a more circular economy and a business model rooted in sustainability. To learn more, visit

About Machinex Group

In the early 1980s, Machinex became the first company in Canada to design machinery for material recycling facilities. The company immediately established itself as a leader in designing high quality and profitable recycling sorting systems. Today, Machinex is still a world leader in the industry, developing cutting edge sorting, waste management, and recycling technology. Over the years, our experts have designed and installed over 350 turnkey facilities in partnership with leading MRFs in Canada, the United States, Europe, and Australia.