LRS acquires J&J Rubbish Service Inc.

This investment adds 15,000 residential and 1,000 commercial customers to the Illinois company’s growing footprint across the Midwest.

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LRS, an independent waste, recycling and portable services provider based in Rosemont, Illinois, has acquired J&J Rubbish Service Inc., a waste disposal service based in Winona, Minnesota, which was founded in 1968.  

LRS says this investment adds 15,000 residential and 1,000 commercial customers to its growing footprint across the Midwest. This also helps to bridge LRS‘ Minnesota and Wisconsin operations, allowing for further density within its core marketplace. All J&J employees will continue on with LRS as the company continues its commitment to bring all customers the excellent service that has set it apart in the industry across generations of Serva-Patzner family ownership.  

“J&J Rubbish has embodied each of our core values through their 55 years in business across four generations,” says LRS President and CEO Alan T. Handley. “We welcome the J&J team, customers and communities to the LRS family and look forward to carrying their legacy forward.”  

LRS first entered the Winona marketplace in 2022 through the acquisition of Matejka Recycling, the leading waste and recycling transfer station in the area. Now LRS sees the opportunity to bring additional value to the community by entering the collections market with long-standing J&J Rubbish. This acquisition further highlights the LRS mission of building an industry-leading waste and recycling platform fueled by grassroots origins and a commitment to innovative services across the greater Midwest.  

“It’s truly been a privilege to serve the families, businesses and communities of Winona County for the last 50-plus years,” says J&J Rubbish President Karla Serva-Patzner. “I know the LRS team well, and the communities we serve can expect the same dedication to all customers and employees that they've known with us.”

This news follows on the heels of the LRS Jan. 9 acquisitions of Michigan-based Michiana Recycling & Disposal and Modern Waste Systems.

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