Honda to recycle rare earth metals from US, Japan and Europe


Japan Metals & Chemicals Co and Honda Motor Company are to jointly establish the world’s first process to extract and recycle rate earth metals from various used parts across Honda’s product range.

As part of this, the two firms will begin extracting rare earth metals from used nickel-metal hydride batteries collected from Honda hybrid vehicles at dealers from within Japan, North America and Europe.


The new operation will be the first in the world to extract rare earth metals as part of a mass-production process at a recycle plant, rather than via a small-scale extraction process in controlled and experimental conditions.

The process should be able to extract approximately 80 per cent of the rare earth metals contained in the batteries at the plant of Japan Metals & Chemicals.