Issue Date: April 23, 2012
Honda To Recycle Rare Earths From Car Parts
Honda plans to extract rare-earth metals from car parts, starting with nickel-metal hydride batteries collected from Honda hybrid vehicles. The processing will take place at a plant operated by Japan Metals & Chemicals. According to Honda, the facility will recover 80% of rare-earth content in the batteries at a purity level as high as that of newly mined and refined metals. The automaker plans to use the recovered materials in new batteries and other products.
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