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Japanese companies find new ways to extract valuable commodity

TOKYO -- Worldwide demand for phosphorus is growing despite its limited supply, so Japanese companies such as Hitachi Zosen, are finding ways to recycle the valuable commodity from sewage and animal droppings for reuse in fertilizers and lithium-ion batteries, among other applications.

Phosphorus is used to make lithium-ion batteries used in many electronics such as cell phones and cars.

     Given that phosphorus reserves are only found in several countries, efficient recycling methods could create a stable supply of the resource.

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