Family Owned And Operated Since 1932

Our History


Lake Area Disposal Service was founded in 1932 by the Donald E. Crenshaw Sr. family.     

More than eight decades later Lake Area Disposal Service is Springfield and Sangamon County's oldest, as well largest locally-owned waste disposal service, and is still operated by the Crenshaw family.

Since its inception during the Great Depression, Lake Area has grown and prospered because it adheres to the principles adopted by the Crenshaw family through five generations.

First, we believe our customers are our most important asset.  As Sangamon County's oldest surviving waste hauler, we emphasize service as the option that sets us apart from our competition.  After all, Service is part of our company name.

Second, we understand that Lake Area Disposal is part of the Springfield and Sangamon County community.  You won't find us listed on the New York Stock Exchange, and you won't find us sponsoring PGA golf tournaments.  Where you will find us is where you need us, right here in Sangamon County.

We're proud of our local heritage.  Just like our neighbors here in Sangamon County, we prosper because of hard work and service to our customers.  Our customers are not just clients; our customers are neighbors.  All of us have a stake in the health, prosperity and welfare of our community.

Because we are literally a family that has extended our bloodlines through our staff, many of our employees have worked here for 20, 30 years and more.   That kind of loyalty among our employees is extended to our customers.  When our employees service your disposal needs, they have a connection to the customer that the multi-national companies simply can't match.

That commitment has served us well.  When the City of Springfield shifted waste disposal service from a city agency to the private sector, more than two dozen local companies picked up Springfield residential trash.  Lake Area Disposal Service is the last remaining hauler, more than 50 years later.

When you call our East Cornell Avenue office, you'll get personal attention.  We answer your concerns with our own voices because that's the way we were brought up, beginning way back in 1932.

Our prices are competitive and our service is unmatched.  It's a family tradition that we are proud to extend to all of our customers.