The Machinex SamurAI™ technology will work in conjunction with LRS’ Machinex single-stream sorting line to quicken the process of sorting recyclable materials

June 27, 2018 – Lakeshore Recycling Systems (LRS), the Midwest’s leading independent recycling and waste diversion provider, today announced the installation of the new Machinex SamurAI™ at its Heartland Recycling Center.

Featuring a unique four articulations robot, this machine employs artificial intelligence technology to identify materials for an accurate, positive product recovery or a precise quality control function. The AI operates according to a pre-determined order of task hierarchy and continues to improve and learn from operating experience to assure maximum recognition efficiency.

The SamurAI™ technology will reduce LRS’ reliance on manual labor in the single-stream recycling facility, which in turn decreases the operation costs while improving productivity.

“We developed this technology further to always answer the evolution of the market needs. Machinex has nearly 35 years of knowledge and experience in the waste and recycling industry, developing and integrating technologies in material recovery facilities, thus ensuring that our clients always remain ahead of the market,’’ said Pierre Pare, CEO of Machinex Group. “We are excited to expand our partnership with LRS and happy to provide them with new technology to further their mission.”

The SamurAI™ at LRS’ facility, located in Forest View, Illinois, will be the first machine installed in the United States.

“LRS continues to look for innovative solutions to help us improve our sustainability efforts. With the SamurAI™ technology, we are now able to sort, separate and allocate recyclable items more quickly than before. With this new technology, LRS is able to contribute more to preserving the Earth and providing innovative as well as environmentally responsible waste and recycling solutions,” said LRS’ CEO Alan T. Handley.

About Lakeshore Recycling Systems

Serving Chicagoland for nearly 20 years, Lakeshore Recycling Systems is the largest privately-held waste and recycling company in Illinois. LRS provides safe and innovative recycling and waste diversion programs, affordable roll-off container services, portable restroom rentals, mulch distribution, street sweeping, on-site storage options and comprehensive waste removal for more than 300,000 residences and businesses throughout greater Chicago and northern Illinois. LRS owns and operates 10 Midwest facilities, a fleet of fuel-efficient natural gas-powered trucks and is run by over 800 committed full-time employees. The recipient of numerous industry and safety awards, LRS is the recipient of the 2017 Illinois Sustainability Award, Chicago Public Schools’ coveted Best Partnership Award, and ranked #35 on Waste360 Top 100 Waste and Recycling Companies in North America. Controlling over 2.4 million tons-per-year, LRS does not own or operate a landfill and is committed to a circular and scalable business model centered on environmentally sustainability. Learn more at

Origin of SamurAI 

SamurAI™ is more than a branding name for an equipment; its meaning contains a hereditary dedication to serve, now utilized within the MRF operation. The Machinex SamurAI™ code of honor perfectly describes what you should expect it: FAST, PRECISE, RELENTLESS & SELF-AWARE.


About Machinex 

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 profitable and high-quality 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, their experts have designed and installed over 350 turnkey facilities in partnership with leading MRFs in Canada, the United States, Europe and Oceania. For more information, visit the Machinex web site


Company Contact: 
Meaghan Johnson
Director of Marketing
Lakeshore Recycling Systems


Machinex Contact:

Karine Moreau

Marketing Manager

Machinex Group