Honda Rare Earth Recycling

Honda Recycles Rare Earth Materials

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted June 25, 2012

Honda Motor Co., Ltd. plans to begin using rare earth metals, which the company extracted from old nickel-metal hydride batteries in April of 2012, for new batteries and other parts; the company expects to be reusing the metals before the end of the year.

The used nickel-metal hydride batteries were located at the Japan Metals & Chemicals Co., Ltd. plant, and Honda has been extracting rare earth metals from the batteries with plans for future reuse in a variety of projects.

In addition to the metals, Honda intends to use any voltage left in the batteries. The disassembly of the used nickel-metal hydride batteries may show some residual voltage, which Honda would use as regenerative voltage. The company also aims to reuse any rare metals they may discover in hybrid motors or lithium-ion batteries, as well.

In the past, Honda has salvaged bumpers and turned them into raw material for use. The company has also sold old vehicle parts to be reused, and recycled, resold, or reused old oil filters, in addition to many other similar projects.

Honda’s long-standing attitude towards recycling has been a positive one; the company is known for its commitment to the reduce, reuse, and recycle strategy. The motor company’s aim is to expand its existing network of recycling resources, in hopes of further decreasing “the environmental footprint of the mobility society as a whole,” says an article on the website Green Car Congress.

On a similar note, Honda claims itself to be the first global mobility company to self-report global CO2 emissions during customer use of its products. The estimates were validated by a third-party company, Bureau Veritas Japan Co., Ltd.