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Simi Valley, Calif. – Lighting Resources, LLC, recently reported that its 2015 financial results include a 16-percent revenue increase over 2014 and a 39-percent increase in Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA). This makes the 20th year that the company, which recycles a variety of items from fluorescent tubes and lithium batteries to electronics and auto airbags, has seen steady growth with revenues and profits outpacing each previous year.

According to Dan Gillespie, president of Lighting Resources, "I am extremely pleased with our continued growth over the years in revenue and profitability. I am also very proud of our team of dedicated employees that have allowed us to be consistently successful for so many years."

The recycling company began with only three facilities and now operates 12 facilities across the United States plus a corporate headquarters in Simi Valley, California.

Read More: 20th Consecutive Year of Record Revenue and Profits

Lighting Resources, nationwide recycler of fluorescent bulbs since 1989, has added auto airbags and seatbelt pre-tensioners to the list of items it processes. The company's process recovers scrap metal, plastic, and scrap nylon while safely managing detonation and disposal of charge units in compliance with state and federal regulations.

Johnson City, Tenn. – With the addition of a facility in Johnson City, Tennessee, in 2015 and hiring of recycling industry veteran Steve Barnett, Lighting Resources now offers full recycling services for automotive airbags and seatbelt pre-tensioners. These items, also known as supplemental restraint devices (SRS), are in addition to the bulbs, batteries, ballasts, electronic waste and other materials its nationwide facilities recycle. Auto SRS devices are processed at the company's state-permitted facility in Johnson City, which also processes electronic waste recycling and data destruction shredding.

Read More: Nationwide Lamp Recycling Company Now Recycles Auto Airbags (SRS Devices) with Zero Landfill Waste

Johnson City, Tenn. – Recycling industry veteran Steve Barnett has joined Lighting Resources as Vice President of Lighting Resources Tennessee. Mr. Barnett was the former President and founder of Southeast Recycling Tech, Inc., brings over 20 years of recycling industry experience. 

According to Mr. Barnett, “I have known Dan Gillespie (Lighting Resources founder) for many years and have great respect for him. He has put together a good group of people and a great national company. I am very excited to work with Lighting Resources and I am looking forward to expanding recycling efforts for bulbs, batteries, and other related wastes.”  

Read More: Recycling Industry Veteran Joins Lighting Resources Tennessee

July 2015

Rare Earth Recovery Sciences, LLC (RERS) signs an agreement with Lighting Resources, LLC to process phosphorous powder recovered from recycled fluorescent bulbs. RERS has developed a patented technology to recover the valuable rare earth metals contained within the phosphorous powder. These rare earth metals are used in the manufacturing of electronics including military weaponry. Because most rare earth metals are imported into the United States, this process will help provide some U.S. produced rare earth metals.

Lighting Resources, LLC is one of the nation’s largest recyclers of fluorescent bulbs and lamps, alkaline and lithium batteries, lamp ballasts, and related universal wastes. The EZ on the Earth Division is one of the nation’s largest providers of mail-back recycle kits for these types of wastes.

August 21, 2015

Lighting Resources, LLC announced the opening of a seventh facility in Johnson City, TN. The 15,000 square foot facility will initially be utilized as a transfer facility for fluorescent bulbs, batteries, ballasts and related universal wastes. Lighting Resources plans on expanding the Johnson City operation to include multiple recycling offerings. Steve Barnett, former president and founder of Southeast Recycling Tech. Inc. will be responsible for the facility.

Lighting Resources, LLC is one of the nation’s largest recyclers of fluorescent bulbs and lamps, alkaline and lithium batteries, lamp ballasts, and related universal wastes. The EZ on the Earth Division is one of the nation’s largest providers of mail-back recycle kits for these types of wastes.

September 23, 2015

Dan Gillespie, President and Owner of Lighting Recourses, LLC was asked to speak at the EI Digest Gathering in San Diego about one of his new ventures to recycle rare earth metals from phosphorous powder recovered from recycled fluorescent lamps. Rare earth metals are required to manufacture almost all electronics including most of today’s military weapons. Recovering rare earth metals from all reasonable sources makes sense because the United States is almost entirely dependent on foreign countries for our supply of rare earth metals.

Lighting Resources, LLC is one of the nation’s largest recyclers of fluorescent bulbs and lamps, alkaline and lithium batteries, lamp ballasts, and related universal wastes. The EZ on the Earth Division is one of the nation’s largest providers of mail-back recycle kits for these types of wastes.

October 1, 2015

Ron Hughes, Vice President of Sales and Customer service for Lighting Resources attended the World Energy Engineering Conference (WEEC) in Orlando, Florida. Mr. Hughes was impressed with the conference stating, “At Lighting Resources, we believe that a key component of environmental management is energy conservation. As new more efficient lighting, lamp ballasts, batteries and other items are replaced, we ensure the discarded products are properly recycled.” Also attending the conference for was Jason Muhlenkamp, Lighting Resources Regional Sales and Operations Manager for the Southeast.

Read More: Lighting Resources Attends World Energy Engineering Conference

December 17, 2015  |  Phoenix, AZ -- Recycling fluorescent light bulbs since 1989, Lighting Resources has again upgraded its recycling capabilities. A custom-built Balcan MP8000 Bulb Recycling system came online in the company's Phoenix, Arizona, facility, the fourth now in operation by the company. The Balcan system allows Lighting Resources to recycle fluorescent tubes and other fluorescent bulbs more efficiently, producing cleaner by-products that are safer for the environment and better for beneficial reuse.

Read More: Lighting Resources Phoenix Installs Custom Balcan Bulb Recycling System

Lighting Resources in Ocala, Florida begins operations for an entirely new recycling facility. According to facility manager, Bonnie Bishop-Clark, "This is the same state-of-the-art equipment we have been successfully operating in Fort Worth, TX for over a year. this technology allows us to protect our workers and the environment. All of the components are so well recycled that we achieve zero landfill for our byproducts. We are extremely excited to bring this new technology to the Southeast."

Greenwood, Indiana is the largest facility in the Lighting Resources family to install and begin operations of the new recycling technology already utilized by the Lighting Resources facility in Fort Worth, Texas for the last 12 months. According to Adam Roberts, Operations Manager, "This equipment thoroughly washes the crushed components with air. The equipment also accurately separates the byproducts into reusable glass, metal, phosphorus powder and mercury. The process is so efficient we can achieve zero landfill. In fact, we do not even have a landfill dumpster on our property."

Lighting Resources began operation of a second high temperature mercury retort oven at their Greenwood, IN lamp recycling facility. According to Rick Miller, Operations Manager, "This new oven will allow us to reclaim a higher level of mercury to meet even more stringent standards. We can also remove mercury from floor sweeping and other byproducts from our facility. We are very proud that none of our byproducts go to landfill. We do not even have a landfill dumpster on our property."

Over the fiscal year ending December 31, 2012, Lighting Resources, LLC achieved record revenue and profit from operations. According to President Dan Gillespie, "We were very pleased with our performance in 2012, especially considering our aggressive expansion during the year. We began operations of our second and third new state-of-the-art lamp recycling machines in Ocala, Florida and Greenwood, Indiana. Including our Fort Worth, Texas operation we now operate three of these incredible machines. We also aggressively expanded our mail back recycling business. Considering the large investment in our business, we are very proud of our results for 2012."

The Fort Worth, TX Lighting Resources facility began operating ultra-modern lamp recycling equipment. According to Brian Anderson, Sales manager, "This new equipment crushes and separates all of the components of lamps under a tremendous amount of negative air pressure. Because all of the processing is internal inside of the machine in a controlled environment the air quality in the process room does not even require a respirator, although our employees wear them for redundant protection. The air in the process room is tested for mercury daily with a very precise meter."

Tom Slattery, operations manager, added: "With this new equipment even difficult lamps are recycled internally including HID's, compact fluorescents, and U-bend lamps. Most technology today requires these types of lamps to be broken by hand. Our new equipment better protects workers and the environment. Also, the components are separated and cleaned to create a better value allowing more components to be reused."

The Greenwood, Indiana Lighting Resources facility began operating a brand new mercury retort oven. Ron Hughes, facility manager states, "This oven will increase our capacity to recycle mercury from phosphorous powder removed from lamps. The mercury is baked out of the phosphorous powder at temperatures of over 700 degrees. This oven allows us to return the mercury back into the mercury market for reuse. Because of our superior technology we actually recycle phosphorous powder for several other lamp recycling companies." Mr. Hughes added, "We actually resell the phosphorous powder because it contains rare earth elements required for the manufacturing of electronic components."