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Michigan man's business works to recycle batteries from cars, farm equipment

Monday, November 30, 2009

Recycling is not limited to just bottles, it's also for batteries from farm equipment.
Recycling is not limited to just bottles, it's also for batteries from farm equipment.

Like anything motorized, farm equipment works by using batteries to help power it. And though batteries eventually run out of juice, there are businesses out there that are trying to recycle them.

A recent story from Michigan's Morning Sun newspaper focused on the practice of recycling batteries and spotlighted the efforts of Gary Nowicki, who recently got into the business by hitching his wagon to Pro Tech International, a company that works to restore old batteries.

Nowicki's business, Battery Doctors of Michigan, takes spent batteries from cars and farm equipment and uses a process to recharge them. As a result, consumers have the advantage of being able to buy used batteries for less than what it would cost to buy them new.

"It's really starting to take off," Nowicki told the paper. "People are interested in saving money."

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, many states in the country have laws that require the recycling of batteries. Along with conserving materials used for producing batteries, recycling batteries keeps heavy metals out of landfills.
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