In 2012 state-of-the-art Balcan equipment was installed in our Ocala, Florida facility. This is the only facility in the southeast operating this kind of sophisticated lamp recycling equipment.
The Balcan equipment installed in our Greenwood, Indiana, operation in 2012 processes more bulbs than any of our other modern technology equipment. The Greenwood, IN location is our most robust facility, operating mercury retort ovens to remove mercury from phosphorous powder and triple distillation equipment to return mercury to virgin specifications.
Our Fort Worth, Texas operation was the first to install the Balcan Bulb recycling equipment in 2010. This equipment revolutionized the recycling of fluorescent lamps by better cleaning the end components and reducing potential employee exposure.
Located in Texas, Indiana, Florida, Arizona, and soon to be California, our Balcan equipment utilizes the multipurpose feed system pictured above. Almost all bulb recycling technology today is designed only to process straight lamps requiring a large amount of processing of socketed and other bulbs by hand. This feed system is one of the few to automate the recycling of bulbs other than straight lamps.