Lamps and Bulbs
Why NLR recycles lamps (light bulbs).
All fluorescent and HID lamps contain mercury and need to be disposed of carefully and lawfully.
- Never outsourced, NLR’s in-house lamp recycling technology is designed to accept both whole lamps and bulbs, as well as pre-crushed lamps of all kinds and sizes. Through a proprietary process, fluorescent lamps are conveyed into our processor, which then separates the lamps into component of glass, aluminum, plastic and mercury-bearing phosphor powder. Aftermarkets and further recycling procedures finalize the process.
- NLR recycles all linear styles such as 2ft, 4ft and 8 ft fluorescent tubes.
- NLR recycles many different styles of mercury containing and non-mercury lamps and light bulbs (see below…)
All Mercury Containing Lamp Styles
NLR recycles all linear styles 2ft, 4ft, and 8 ft fluorescent tubes.
CFL and PL
NLR recycles all different styles of Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL) bulbs and Pin Lamps (PL) bulbs.
NLR recycles all styles of High Intensity Discharge HID lamps and High Pressure Sodium HPS lamps.
NLR recycles all biax lamps.
NLR recycles all sizes of U-Shape lamps.
NLR recycles all different styles of circleline lamps.
NLR recycles other mercury containing lamps like ultraviolet or germicidal lamps.
Hazardous Waste Lamps
Hazardous waste transport also available for crushed lamps. NLR can help recycle your waste from drum top crushers.
All Non-Mercury Lamp Styles
NLR recycles all incandescent bulbs.
NLR recycles LED lamps and bulbs
NLR recycles all styles of PAR Flood Lamps.
NLR recycles all styles of Halogen Lamps.
White-glove Truckload Pick-up
Have a recurring stream of universal waste? Enjoy the convenience of an email or call-in to schedule a pick-up, or set up recurring weekly or monthly pick-ups. Recurring pick-ups can be automatically scheduled, no phone call required. Let, NLR’s fully licensed and permitted fleet of vehicles and drivers safely transport your universal waste. Recycling universal waste doesn’t have to be a burden. We do pick-up right.
Lamps are fed through conveyor belt
or manual inlet.
Phase 1: Intake
Lamps and bulbs are physically de-manufactured
and the machine begins separating glass
and metal components.
Phase 2: Crushing
The machine separates glass and metal
components while cleaning them of
phosphor powder. Phosphor powder
is captured and retained for later retort
and reclamation processes.
Phase 3: Filtration and Cleaning
During phases 1-3, the air is
constantly filtered to keep loose
phosphor powder from escaping
and causing mercury contamination.
Why Recycling Mercury Containing Lamps Is Important
Recycling lamps is important to keep mercury vapor out of the environment. While not all lamps contain mercury, those that do can pose an environmental and health risk, especially in large quantities. When the mercury in most lamps joins with calcium phosphate powder the potential for exposure widens. Intentionally broken or improperly disposed of lamps release mercury vapor into the atmosphere where it can be either inhaled by people in the vicinity or enters the water cycle returning as rain. The mercury contaminates the water table, our waterways, the fish that swim in them, and ultimately the human bodies of those who consume those fish.