A picture of three NLR workers unloading boxes of spent fluorescent lamps in our UWH warehouse. NLR recycles fluorescent lamps and other universal waste.

Our Team

Working At NLR

A picture of one of NLR's most experienced drivers. Our drivers are professionally trained and certified waste transporters.
NLR’s Longest serving Transportation Specialist, with well over 1 million miles driven safely; Dino Samson.

It’s important to have a purpose. At NLR, we can’t think of a better resolve than trying to keep our environment clean for future generations. Our team is committed to that, to working hard, and doing our absolute best for each other and for our customers. We focus on continuous improvement each day, so that your experience with us is seamless and easy. You might only see our drivers, or talk to one of NLR’s knowledgeable staff, but behind them there is a much bigger team. NLR’s logistics experts, sales and customer service, warehouse personnel, and team at our processing facility work together to make sure your waste is in the best hands possible.


A picture of NLR's president Ray Graczyk. He has more than two decades in the business of recycling universal waste.

Ray Graczyk

President of NLR
Email Ray
Office: (860)-292-1992 ext. 104
Direct Line: (860)-903-1278

Ray Graczyk is the founder and president of NLR. In addition to his duties at NLR, Ray also serves as president for the Association of Lighting and Mercury Recyclers (ALMR).  ALMR provides educational and informational resources to government agencies, municipal authorities, industries and other business entities, universal waste handlers, waste generators, environmental groups and industry trade organizations. ALMR’s mission to promote programs, policies and practices that divert mercury-bearing wastes from the solid waste stream and the environment runs parallel to NLR’s mission “green”.

Over the past two decades, Ray Graczyk has been instrumental in the passage of legislation in Washington, D.C. for the Universal Waste Rule, and has also worked with Michael Bender, director of the Mercury Policy Project, for Vermont’s Mercury Labeling Law, which led to the national law for the labeling of all mercury containing lamps. Ray continues to be a staunch advocate in Washington for issues related to mercury.

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Robert E. Robert

Vice President
Email Robert
Office: (860)-292-1992 ext. 101
Direct Line: (860)-627-9611

Robert E. Robert has been with NLR since its creation. He was invited to assist Ray Graczyk launch his startup venture and develop Connecticut’s first lamp recycling facility for mercury-containing lamps and bulbs. Robert was instrumental in bringing NLR from concept and construction, to operational reality in 1996.  Deeply involved in driving the organic growth of the company and its mission to keep mercury out of the environment, Robert and Ray have created one of the most respected names in universal waste recycling in the U.S. Robert has appeared on numerous television shows advocating the proper management of light bulbs, batteries and electronics. He has also been featured in The Hartford Courant Money and Business, as well as The University of Hartford’s Observer, to continue NLR’s quest to keep mercury out of the environment.

Outside of NLR, Robert has been actively training in martial arts since 1984 and is currently Vice Chairman for the International Kokondo Association (IKA). Focusing on authentic, traditional Japanese karate and jujitsu for self-defense, Robert has instructed thousands of students worldwide. He owns and operates House of Jujitsu in West Hartford, Connecticut instructing classes daily.  He has also co-authored, Sankosho- A Warrior’s Path to Kokondo Martial Arts and is one of Konkondo’s leading authorities on principals, tactics, and strategies for self-defense.

The NLR Office Team

A picture of Sean. Sean is an Operations/ Production Supervisor. He is responsible for running the lamp recycling facility.

Sean Unger

Operations/ Production Supervisor
Email Sean
Office: (860)-292-1992 ext. 201

Sean Unger’s role with NLR is overseeing operation and managing production levels for all shifts in the lamp processing facility and the UWH warehouse. Sean has spent 8 years at NLR beginning as a technician and working his way to night shift supervisor, to supervisor of the lamp processing facility. He has a background in business and receiving professional training from OSHA, as well as DEEP/EPA certifications to help maintain the health and safety of NLR’s employees. His personal interests include reading, mixed martial arts, and he loves his two dogs and helping to raise two step children.

A picture of Joel. Joel is the Business Development Manager helping customers establish thier recycling programs.

Joel Gornbein

Business Development Manager
Email Joel
Office: (860)-292-1992 ext. 107

Joel Gornbein’s role with NLR is to build relationships with new and existing customers and to mentor, train, and develop the customer support team to ensure NLR meets our customers’ recycling needs and exceeds their expectations. Joel has a Bachelor’s in Business Administrations from the Rochester Institute of Technology and has been in the environmental services industry for more than 30 years. At the beginning of his career, he was a part of the remediation of the Love Canal, the 1st designated Superfund site in the United States. In his personal time, he enjoys softball, golf, bowling, the Buffalo Bills, the Boston Bruins, the Red Sox and traveling to Florida to visit his son and grandchildren.

A picture of Sherri. Sherri is the administrative specialist for NLR.

Sherri Sandiford

Administrative Specialist
Email Sherri
Office: (860)-292-1992 ext. 100
Direct Line: (860)-292-1992

Sherri Sandiford’s role with NLR is to be the gatekeeper for the corporate office and the first voice on the telephone. She’s pivotal in processing paperwork, certificates of recycling, paperwork for drivers, data entry, BakPak orders and many other facets of the NLR business. She has a background in business and accounting from Saint Joseph College and has been with NLR for 3 years. Her personal interests include reading science fiction novels, and crocheting.

A picture of Uma. Uma is part of NLR's accounts receivable team.

Uma Raghavan

Accounts Receivable
Email Uma
Office: (860)-292-1992 ext. 108

Uma Raghavan’s role with NLR includes invoicing, processing payments, and interacting with customers regarding any open balances. She has been working in accounts administration for 5 years and prior to relocating to the US, has almost 8 years’ experience in the administrative field. She has a Bachelor’s in Accounting and a diploma in Computer Application, as well as a Master’s in Information Technology from India. She serves as a treasurer for her community’s board of directors and in her personal time she loves to bake with her kids, spend time in her garden, and sew, crochet, and knit.

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.

Universal Waste Housing (UWH) Team

UWH facility team is the frontline for receiving and sorting our clients’ universal wastes. They assure the highest safety measures are followed and work to make sure your waste is quickly categorized and safely moved to our processing facility or a certified downstream vendor.

A picture of the UWH Warehouse team. They recieve and sort lamps, electronics, batteries, ballasts, and mercury devices.

Lamp Processing Group

Our team at the lamp processing facility work quickly to sort and recycle lamps and lighting wastes. They also prepare, ship, and receive the majority of our national mail-back program, BakPak. Using state-of-the-art machinery the processing team recycles mercury containing lamps and bulbs back down to metal caps, glass cullet, and phosphor powder that can be reused and retorted in other processes. This team also cleans and prepares received ballasts for recycling.

NLR Transportation Specialists

NLR’s drivers are professionally trained and certified waste transporters. They’re committed to superior service and assist our clients with their waste when on site. They don’t only drive, they load, unload, and assist whenever possible. Our drivers are used to navigating the complex maze of the inner city and are backed by our logistics experts to make sure they arrive where they’re supposed to and when they’re supposed to. Most importantly they comply with the DOT’s rules and regulations, so you can rest assured that your waste will be transported safely from your facilities to ours.

Two NLR box trucks used for picking up universal waste recycling in areas not accessible by tractor trailer.
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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