Lakeshore Recycling acquires Chicago-area recycler

Lakeshore Recycling Systems (LRS), a recycling and waste management firm located in the Chicago area, has acquired K. Hoving Cos., a full-service waste management, recycling and dumpster rental company that is based in West Chicago, Illinois. Financial terms were not disclosed, and the acquisition is effective immediately.

According to LRS, with the acquisition, it is now Illinois’ largest private waste company, and its services have expanded to include street sweeping and portable restrooms. The new businesses will be included in the newly created Temporary Services Division.

K. Hoving Cos. provides services in dumpster rental, roll-off, commercial, construction recycling, portable restrooms and street sweeping in both DuPage County and throughout greater Chicagoland. Additionally, LRS says that K. Hoving Cos. operates the only recycling facility in Chicago that is nationally certified by the Recycling Certification Institute, Sacramento, California. In addition, the two companies have a zero-landfill policy.

Ken Hoving and K.J. Loerop, K. Hoving Cos.’ founding executives, will lead the LRS Temporary Services Division, with Loerop serving as the division’s new vice president. The Temporary Services Division will serve individuals and companies seeking roll-off services, portable toilets, on-site storage and street or job-site sweeping.

With the addition of K. Hoving Cos., LRS now operates seven material recovery facilities (MRFs) throughout the Midwest. The acquisition also increases the company’s annual revenues to nearly $170 million and its workforce to more than 720 full-time employees.

Armstrong Flooring recycles 50 million pounds of postconsumer flooring

Armstrong Flooring, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, has announced it has reached a milestone of recycling more than 50 million pounds of postconsumer flooring materials. The On&On Recycling Program kept 25,000 tons of materials out of landfills and has eliminated the generation of over 16,000 tons of greenhouse gases, according to the company.

“The success of our On&On Recycling Program is an affirmation that traditional linear thinking—where we use a product and throw it away—is evolving to a circular approach where waste is valued as a resource. It’s about more than diverting materials from a landfill, it is about using resources wisely from product design to the end of a product’s life cycle,” says Amy Costello, sustainability manager, Armstrong Flooring.

Since 2009, the On&On Floor Recycling Program has offered commercial building owners and contractors an alternative to traditional disposal and a flexible, end-of-life recycling solution for flooring products. What began as a recycling program for vinyl composition tile (VCT) has expanded into a comprehensive program that includes luxury vinyl tile (LVT) and biobased tile (BBT). As LVT experiences continued growth in North America, this product’s life cycle becomes increasingly important, and Armstrong says it has committed to creating and perpetuating a simple, rewarding recycling option.

Eligible flooring is recycled in a closed-loop, postconsumer stream with reclaimed material incorporated into new flooring products. Regional recycling facilities in California, Illinois, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania handle the reclamation process, which includes both Armstrong products and qualifying competitive flooring products from demolition and renovation projects.