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Living Green: Recycling Dead Batteries

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LAS VEGAS - A large number of every day devices run on battery power, but many people don't know how or where to properly dispose of those batteries.

The most recycled type of battery in our daily lives is the car battery. The acid, lead and plastic are all 100 percent recyclable, but left sitting around, they can be dangerous.

"The acid gets washed off the battery if it's sitting on the side of your house and goes into the ground water," said Nevada Battery Supply and Recycling founder Paul Schwallier.

He started his company, because he says he knows the value of giving new life to dead batteries.

"This is definitely going to end up - a ninety percent chance - back at the battery maker as a new battery someday after it's used, and I think that's a great thing," he said.

Not all batteries are recycled by their manufacturers. Paul rescues plenty of smaller, lead-acid batteries that manufacturers don't offer buy-back incentives for like car batteries.

"These are motorcycle batteries, and they come in all shapes and sizes… This is a deep cell battery, mostly boats and motor homes… This is an electric mobility chair battery," he said.

He's become a super sleuth at saving spent batteries. He says people either can't get them to the right places to be reprocessed, don't know the batteries can be recycled or simply don't care.

"You could probably find one of these in every EXIT sign in a casino, and there's literally a sea of these out there in our city right now," he said.

You never know what might show up from a storage shed. Paul even found an aircraft battery that came out of a small prop plane.

Some batteries contain salvageable metal like copper. Others, such as cell phone and laptop batteries, are made with recyclable lithium ion.

"As more things are developed and invented which use batteries - which is constantly - there are more and more batteries which makes recycling more important," Paul said. "People just have to do it. They have to recycle their batteries."

Paul Schwallier will be able to take batteries off your hands - at no charge - Saturday, January 26 at 8 News NOW's Super Saturday Recycling Event Two at the Thomas and Mack Center. The event starts at 8 a.m.

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