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Recycling of end-of-life products in Japan

In Japan, Toshiba Group is collecting and recycling end-of-life products in accordance with the Act on the Recycling of Specified Kinds of Home Appliances and the Act on the Promotion of Effective Utilization of Resources.

Results of FY2014

The number of the four types of home appliances collected in FY2014 was approximately 1.65 million. The recycling rate for all four types of products decreased by about 14% compared to the previous year. This was chiefly because of a decrease in the number of appliances collected as a result of an end to the rush demand for replacement of old refrigerators, washing machines, and air conditioners caused by the consumption tax increase. However, the number of these appliances collected by Toshiba Group represented approximately 15% of the total of all such appliances collected in Japan, remaining at nearly the same level as FY2013. A total of 44,000 end-of-life PCs, a 26% increase compared to the previous year, were collected from businesses and homes for recycling. This was because many PCs were replaced due to the termination of support for Windows XP.

Number of four types of home appliances and PCs collected in Japan
[Image] Number of four types of home appliances and PCs collected in Japan

Percentage of four types of home appliances and PCs recycled in Japan
[Image] Percentage of four types of home appliances and PCs recycled in Japan

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Examples of recycling initiatives

In order to properly treat hazardous substances and effectively collect and recycle valuables, Toshiba Group is working to develop and apply recycling technology and promoting recycling in cooperation with local communities and governments.

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Case Study: Developing technology for recycling and reuse of photovoltaic panels

Toshiba Environmental Solutions Corporation

Toshiba Environmental Solutions Corporation is developing technology for recycling and reuse of photovoltaic panels, for which demand is likely to increase in the future. The company has built a specialized line for crushing photovoltaic panels; it can process roughly 40 t/month (approximately 3,500 250-W class panels). The company has also developed technology for collecting glass used in photovoltaic panel modules as sheet glass, thereby improving recycling performance. In the future, the company will create a process for realizing optimal treatment of photovoltaic panels, including reuse thereof, by introducing technology for analyzing and evaluating their power generation performance and soundness.

[Image] Panel-crushing and performance assessment equipment

[Image] Panel-crushing and performance assessment equipment

Panel-crushing and performance assessment equipment

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Case Study1: Promoting recycling through the pelletization of insulation polyurethane for refrigerators

Term Corporation

By pelletizing insulation polyurethane, which accounts for 94% of the waste generated from the dismantling and crushing of refrigerators, Term Corporation contributes to the effective use of resources and reduction in environmental impact, including increasing the percentage of waste that can be sold for recycling* and reducing CO2 emissions during transport.

[Image] Promoting recycling through the pelletization of insulation polyurethane for refrigerators

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Percentage of waste that can be sold for prices relative to the total weight of waste products

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