What We Recycle

NLR Specializes in Universal Waste.

Picture of one NLR worker dumping glass cullet in our processing facility. NLR recycles lamps and other universal waste.

While we would like to help recycle all universal wastes, we are only permitted to handle certain categories. This is a result of the overlap of regulations, our specific facilities, and other factors.  NLR handles universal wastes including lamps and bulbs, E-Waste and IT assets, batteries, lighting ballasts, and mercury devices. These universal wastes are mostly solid universal wastes. We currently cannot and do not accept liquid wastes such as pesticides, acids, and other categories. If you’re unsure as to what type of universal waste you are trying to recycle, our highly qualified sales team are available to assist you with any questions you may have.

NLR Recycles

Picture of a CFL bulb, two linear lamps, and a U-lamp. NLR recycles many styles of mercury containing lamps and bulbs.

Lamps (Light Bulbs)

NLR recycles all mercury style lamps. Linear lamps, CFL/PL, HID/HPS, and more lamps. Click to view more.

picture of a oval containing several E-Waste items including laptops, computer accessories, and circuit boards. NLR recycles many different types of E-Waste.

E-Waste and IT Assets

NLR recycles computers, computer accessories, servers, hard drives, office electronics, consumer electronics, and more.

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NLR recycles lead acid, alkaline, nickel cadmium, lithium ion, and other batteries.

A picture of pcb, non-pcb, and electronic ballasts. NLR accepts both pcb and non-pcb ballasts.

Lighting Ballasts

NLR recycles PCB, non-PCB lighting ballasts.

Picture of a thermometer, thermostat, and mercury switch. NLR recycles mercury containing devices.

Mercury Devices

NLR recycles other equipment that contains mercury, thermostats, thermometers, relays, switches, medical equipment, and more.

A picture of a pesticide bottle, a folded newspaper, and a glass bottle. NLR recycles universal wastes and does not recycle signle stream items. NLR does not accept pesticides or other liquid hazardous wastes.

Unaccepted Items

NLR recycles only specific universal wastes. We do not accept single stream recycling and we cannot handle pesticides. See our unaccepted items section at the bottom of this page.

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Featured Services

White-glove Truckload Pickup

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.

National Mail-back Program

Our BakPak program is as simple as pack-ship-done. We pre-label all containers identifying your location. No additional administration is required by the customer. Just pack the container and call FedEx for pick-up.

Items NLR Does Not Accept

We get a lot of questions about what we can and cannot recycle. NLR is a not a single-stream recycling center for consumer commodities. We deal specifically in the recycling and responsible disposal of universal waste. As we are a permitted destination facility for universal waste we must comply with EPA, DOT, and DEEP rules and regulations. While we would like to help with all your universal waste needs, our permit allows us to manage lamps (light bulbs), E-Waste, batteries, lighting ballasts, and other mercury devices. These are generally solid-waste items, or universal wastes with liquid components sealed in a solid container (such as car batteries or mercury containing devices like thermometers and thermostats.) We cannot accept pesticides or other liquid universal wastes.

NLR does not accept the following US DOT hazardous waste material

  • Explosives and shock sensitive materials
  • Flammable Gas
  • Poisonous Gas
  • Flammable Liquids
  • Self-reactive substances/solid desensitized explosives
  • Dangerous when wet materials
  • Infectious substances
  • Radioactive material.

If you’re unsure if any of your waste falls under these categories, or if you need further guidance please call us at 877-822-4733.

A picture of a smoke detector, a paint can, and an exit sign all behind the international prohibition sign. NLR recycles universal waste but does not accept liquid wastes or other waste items. NLR does not recycle paint or smoke detectors or exit signs.
Some common items that NLR does not recycle. NLR cannot accept paint. NLR does not recycle radioactive items such as smoke detectors or exit signs that can contain tritium.

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