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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 FY2013

The number of the four types of home appliances collected in FY2013 was approximately 1.91 million. With the cooperation of customers and other relevant parties, the recycling rate for all four types of products rose about 16% compared to the previous year. This was chiefly because of an increase in the number of appliances collected at the end of the fiscal year due to a last-minute jump in demand before the hike in the consumption tax rate. 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 FY2012. A total of 35,000 end-of-life PCs, an 8% decrease compared to the previous year, were collected from businesses and homes for recycling. Toshiba Group will continue to contribute to resource recycling by recycling the four types of home appliances and PCs.

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 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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Case Study 1: Recycling flat-panel TV sets more efficiently

[Image] Recycling flat-panel TV sets more efficiently
Recycling flat-panel TV sets more efficiently

Nishinihon Kaden Recycle Corporation

Nishinihon Kaden Recycle Corporation has introduced workbenches that incorporate equipment to hold flat-panel TV sets and systems to help workers to disassemble them or separate their components before placing them on the dismantling line. Through this and other measures, the company is promoting development by reducing workers' workload and ensuring that dismantling and recycling work is performed safely and efficiently. The mercury which is contained in the cold cathode fluorescent lamps (CCFLs) used as the backlights is treated appropriately at the refinery by taking measures to prevent its dispersion, and the refinery vaporizes mercury in the process of torrefaction, condenses and refines it for recycling.

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Case Study 2: Increasing the amount of end-of-life products recycled

Term Corporation

Term has established a nationwide recycling network that consists of 21 plants, three sales offices, and two affiliated companies. The company is contributing to the effective use of resources by increasing the amount of intermediate disposal, which involves dismantling, crushing and sorting end-of-life machinery and tools, PCs, OA equipment, etc. It is also working to build lines to recycle flat-panel TV sets efficiently.

[Image] Increasing the amount of end-of-life products recycled

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