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Honda plans battery recycling network as hybrids take off

Honda will become the first Japanese automaker to set up a nationwide recycling network.

TOKYO -- Honda Motor will soon begin collecting and recycling lithium-ion batteries used in its hybrid vehicles across Japan, tackling a waste problem that is growing with interest in eco-friendly cars.

The Japanese automaker plans to obtain by the spring of 2017 a permit from the Environment Ministry for collecting and processing industrial waste -- its own used batteries -- across prefectural lines, becoming the first among its contemporaries to do so.

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