A picture of compact fluorescent blubs, pin lamps, hid bulbs, and halgoen bulbs. NLR recycles lamps and fluorescent bulbs.

Lamps and Bulbs

NLR recycles lamps and light bulbs

Start your program with the lamp recycling experts. 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 components 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 offers lamp recycling services for both mercury containing and non-mercury lamps and light bulbs (see below…)
A picture of fluorescent tubes in a box. NLR recycles fluorescent lamps and light bulbs

Types of Lamps and Bulbs We Recycle

All Mercury-Containing Lamp Styles

A picture of two linear fluorescent tubes. NLR recycles linear fluorescent lamps and bulbs.

Linear Lamps

NLR recycles all linear styles 2ft, 4ft, and 8 ft fluorescent tubes.

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CFL and PL

NLR recycles all different styles of Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL) bulbs and Pin Lamps (PL) bulbs.

A picture of hid and hps light bulbs. NLR recycles all styles of High Intensity Discharge HID lamps and High Pressure Sodium HPS lamps.


NLR recycles all styles of High Intensity Discharge HID lamps and High Pressure Sodium HPS lamps.

A picture of two biaxial lamps. NLR recycles all biaxial fluorescent lamps.


NLR recycles all biaxial lamps.

A picture of u-bent fluorescent lamp. NLR recycles u-shape or u-bent lamps and bulbs.


NLR recycles all sizes of U-Shape lamps and U-bent bulbs.

A picture of two different circle line lamps. NLR recycles circeline fluorescent lamps.


NLR recycles all different styles of circleline lamps.

A picture of one germicidal bulb and one ultraviolet bulb. NLR recycles germicidal and ultraviolet lamps and bulbs.


NLR recycles other mercury containing lamps like ultraviolet or germicidal lamps.

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Hazardous Waste Lamps

Hazardous waste transport also available for crushed lamps. NLR can help recycle your waste from drum-top crushers.

All Regular Lamp Styles

A picture of three incandescent bulbs. NLR recycles regular incandescent bulbs in addition to fluorescent lamps.


NLR recycles all incandescent bulbs.

A picture of three LED bulbs. NLR also recycles LED lamps and bulbs.


NLR recycles LED lamps and bulbs

A picture of three PAR flood bulbs. NLR recycles PAR flood lamps and bulbs.

PAR Flood

NLR recycles all styles of PAR Flood Lamps.

A picture of three different halogen style bulbs. NLR recycles halogen bulbs.


NLR recycles all styles of Halogen Lamps.

A picture of various mercury containing bulbs including CFLs, halogens, high pressure sodium, and pin lamps. NLR recycles lamps, bulbs, and fluorescent lights.

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Featured Services

White-glove Truckload Pick-up

National Mail-back Program

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.

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.

A picture of one of NLR's box trucks. NLR offers on-site pick-ups for your recycling.Learn MoreShop BakPakA picture of several mail-back recycling containers. NLR offers mail-back recycling for lamps, batteries, and other universal waste.

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.

Air Filtration

Lamp Processing

Why Recycling Fluorescent Lamps and Bulbs 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.

A picture of a broken fluorescent lamp on concrete. All fluorescent bulbs should be recycled to limit mercury release per state and federal regulations.
A picture of various mercury containing bulbs including CFLs, halogens, high pressure sodium, and pin lamps. NLR recycles lamps, bulbs, and fluorescent lights.

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