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NLR’s New Technology Still First & Best in the States

NLR’s new lamp recycling technology was first in the nation and continues to be the largest unit in the states. It can process up to 5,000 lamps per hours and can accept waste from multiple access points.

Full Circle, Part 4: NLR – The Green Apple

For whatever reason, the light bulb will not go off in the collective conscience of most American businesses when it comes to complying with the Universal Waste Rule.

Even though the rule has been a part of a federal regulation of the Environment Protection Agency since 1990, Raymond Graczyk said that only about 30 percent of private businesses properly handle the removal of universal waste such as mercury-containing light bulbs, batteries and ballasts – even though the numerous toxic effects of mercury poisoning has been well documented for years and years. Those effects include damage to the brain, kidney and lungs.

“What happens with mercury is that it accumulates in the environment, so when you’re getting hundreds and hundreds and millions of lamps being thrown out a year that  mercury is released to the environment and then it finds its way back into the food chain, especially in fish,” said Graczyk, who is the co-founder and president of NLR, a company based north of Hartford, Conn., that specializes in lamp and universal recycling services for mainly commercial businesses. “[Awareness] is increasing some but it’s not as rapidly as it should be. It’s hard to say and necessarily come up with a reason why… Whether people aren’t properly informed. Whether they don’t care. I don’t know. Maybe they don’t realize how really available and easy it is to recycle.”

raczyk was working in the electric wholesale business before helping start NLR as a response to the EPA’s new regulations and the relative lack of a facility needed to process mercury-containing light bulbs in the Northeast. “There wasn’t any viable solution at that point in time,” he said.

NLR began with lamps — according to the company’s website it has recycled more than 300 million linear feet of lamp waste — and then quickly expanded to electronics and battery recycling and similar services. The company has more than a thousand customers in New York City alone, Graczyk said. He added that the company has clients all over the Northeast, stretching from Maine to Maryland.

“What we do at our company is keep a lot of mercury out of the environment,” said Graczyk, who also serves as the president of the Association of Lighting and Mercury Recyclers, which has an “Education and Resources” page on its website.

Here’s how it works: A large blue and yellow machine (see above) crushes the lamps and removes calcium phosphate powder that contains the mercury from the glass. The metal and glass is then separated. The phosphate powder then is sent off for a process called retorting where the mercury is reclaimed through the powder. In the case of lamp recycling and all other similar processes, the raw materials, such as aluminum from a lamp or nickel from a battery, is smelted to later be made into a variety of products.

At the moment, the main involvement NLR at the residential level is only through partnerships that have been arranged with municipal transfer stations throughout the area. That could change, though, as more Americans begin using compact florescent lights in their homes with the federal ban of traditional 100-watt bulbs. Furthermore, manufacturers will stop producing 75-watt bulbs on Jan. 1, 2012, but will be allowed to make 60- and 40-watt bulbs until 2014.

“I’m sure as the use of compact fluorescents becomes more prevalent than we definitely will be more involved on the residential side,” Gracyzk said. “When you throw out florescent bulbs, they don’t even make it to the landfill. They’ll start releasing into the environment from the dumpster because they get broken right away.”

Does your company use services such as the ones provided by NLR? What are your thoughts on the spread of mercury into the environment in regards to light bulbs? We’d love to hear from you on the topic.

via Full Circle, Part 4: NLR – The Green Apple.

The Pick-Up Artist-Bulk Lamp Recycling

When NLR first started almost 16 years ago there was one box truck servicing Connecticut for lamp recycling. Forward to 2011 and NLR now has over 7 trucks including tractor trailers and covers the road from Maine to Maryland. Factor in our LTL services and our region goes down to Florida and further. The regional bulk lamp recycling pick-up is one of the most effective ways for businesses to recycle. It has a number of benefits:

  • Ability to handle large loads from pallets to trailer fulls. Also the ability to have a trailer left at a facility so that it can be loaded over time and picked-up when full.
  • Containers-allows for the use of large fiber drums and contractor style OEM containers
  • Drop & swap service-automatic replacement of full containers as needed
  • Weekly, monthly pick-up scheduling allows for greater flexibility
  • On-time service-all pick-up customers receive reminder calls and window of pick-up time-frames
  • Extended “emergency” service with weekend pick-ups available
  • Multi-waste stream pick-ups (lamps, batteries, ballasts, ewaste and mercury devices)
  • All drivers carry the necessary paperwork, packaging and labels for each clients specific waste pick-up needs.
  • On-site services for labor if needed
  • All trucks full permitted, insured and owned by NLR


New Lamp Recycling Technology-It came from Outer BASS!

We at NLR are always on the lookout for the next big thing in lamp recycling technology. Recently NLR installed the United States‘ first lamp processing machine that can recycle up to 5,000 lamps per hour (click here for details), but a new technology is on the rise: Mobile External Auto-Audio Crusher. This new technology combines American automotive engineering and amplified sound to create a true recycling solution. The video speaks for itself 9fast forward to around 1:50sec).


NLR would like to remind you always work with a proper recyler and to handle all bulbs and lamps carefully to avoid breakage!

So tell us once again how super-green those new lights are … – The Santa Fe New Mexican

The below was posted via So tell us once again how super-green those new lights are … – The Santa Fe New Mexican. It is a good thing that NLR is a direct end recycler for many of the outlets accepting CFLs for recycling. Also back in 2008 NLR introduced the nation’s first “point of purchase” recycling display the ComPak CFL Recycling Center. It allows for the recycling of up to 180 CFLs and can be placed virtually anywhere. Read more about ComPak

It was a great example of well-intentioned lawmaking: As part of the 2007 Clean Energy Act, Congress and President George W. Bush enacted laws phasing out incandescent light bulbs — the kind that for years, in cartoons, have been going on over people’s heads — in favor of those spiral-tube compact fluorescent lights that have become a symbol of environmentalist do-goodism.

And it is doing good — we think, or at least we’re told:

They can last as long as 15,000 hours — 15 times as long as the bulb Thomas Edison perfected to serve the world for more than a century. And, the propaganda continues, if every American household switched only one incandescent for fluorescent, we’d be accomplishing the energy savings of closing down two coal-fired electric-generating plants — at the same time reducing as much greenhouse gas as we would if we took 1.5 million cars off the road.

There may be truth to the energy- and carbon-saving claims. But as to the compact fluorescents’ life spans, many householders have seen incandescent bulbs, screwed in long before the fluorescents, still burning long after the vaunted long-lifers had conked.

Still, if those squiggly looking lights contribute to reduced energy demand, who can argue with Congress’ decree? And don’t all of us have a duty to protect the environment?

But whoops: Our senators and representatives, in their rush to look nice and green, overlooked something: In each of those fluorescent bulbs there’s about 5 milligrams of mercury. And as even rookie enviros know, that element is one of the worst contaminants.

And what do Americans do when a bulb burns out? We chuck it. So here are our landfills, emitting maybe four tons of the stuff into the air and water. Seems Congress, in a head-over-heels rush to get those energy-efficient, if slow-to-light-up, bulbs in our lamps, didn’t apply equal alacrity to provisions for recycling. And this isn’t just feel-good recycling that’s needed; it’s crucial.

Some states have taken up the slack, requiring recycling of compact fluorescents. Can they really enforce such requirements? Lotsa luck.

To their credit, some stores have stepped into the breach: Home Depot set up a free recycling system about the same time the clean-energy law took effect; Lowe’s and some Ace Hardware stores, among others, are doing the same. Chances are, the main chains will become drop-off points for the bulbs.

Fluorescent-bulb manufacturers are hard at work reducing mercury content. But in the meantime, light-emitting diodes are making a charge into the home-lighting market; they use less electricity and don’t contain mercury.

So what we’re seeing is an alternative-lighting industry in its infancy; give our entrepreneurs a little time, and a little competition, and they’ll get rid of the rough edges.

Which raises a political irony: Some congressional right-wingers are ranting against the 2014 deadline for light-bulb conversions, insisting that their fellow Americans have a right to keep on wasting electricity with their incandescents. They should have greater faith in the private enterprise they promote.

Our country is long overdue for ending its energy-wasteful ways — and we’ll come to grips with the changes represented by the new light bulbs. Congress could have done more to avoid the potentially dangerous recycling flub — but that, too, is in the process of improvement. Soon, the incandescent bulb will join the buggy whip in museums — and maybe the fluorescent bulb won’t be far behind …

via So tell us once again how super-green those new lights are … – The Santa Fe New Mexican.

We Know Lamp Waste & Recycling

Selecting Proper Lamp Recycling for Your Business

With over 300+ million linear feet of lamps recycled & growing, we provide the most comprehensive direct lamp recycling for all types of lamps in the industry. NLR can provide you with an ongoing lamp management program through our local pick-up service or pre-paid mail-back services with our BakPak™ National Program. We provide all packaging, labels, manifests, logistics and direct customer support. Since NLR is a direct recycler & not a broker, you receive true sustainable recycling services.

Now with that stuff out of the way we can talk about specifics of lamp recycling and how they can effect your company like:

  • Lamp Recycling. Why?
  • Pros vs. Cons of a pre-paid program & bulk pick-ups
  • Crushers-What you’re not told
  • Brokers-Am I using a direct recycler?

These are just some of the few topics we will discuss in the upcoming posts. Have a suggestion? Let us know.