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Recycling end-of-life products globally

In order to ensure efficient use of resources and appropriate treatment of hazardous substances, in accordance with recycling regulations in each country and territory of the world, Toshiba Group is promoting the collection and recycling of products that customers have discontinued use of. The Group promotes collection and recycling of end-of-life products while striving to minimize collection and recycling costs as it complies with each country's recycling scheme. In Japan, in addition to products covered by the Act on the Recycling of Specified Kinds of Home Appliances, the Act on the Promotion of Effective Utilization of Resources, and other relevant laws, the Group has established a unique scheme to collect medical equipment, elevators, MFP/POS systems, and other industrial equipment. Toshiba Group also responds appropriately to the Directive on Waste Electric and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) in Europe*1 and state laws in the United States. Furthermore, it is preparing to respond appropriately to recycling-related laws enacted in China, India, and Australia and those expected to be enacted in the future by governments in Asia, Central and South America, and other regions.

Results of FY2014

In FY2014, in Japan and abroad, Toshiba Group collected about 116,000 tons of end-of-life products, of which it recycled about 95,000 tons. In Japan, although the volume of the four types of home appliances collected decreased compared to the previous year, the volume of business-use equipment collected increased. Overseas, due to the TV business structural reform, the volume of TVs collected in Europe and the Americas decreased. As a result, the total volume of end-of-life products collected decreased by approximately 7,000 tons worldwide.

In the future, Toshiba Group will continue to increase the volume of end-of-life products collected and recycled in Japan and establish a collection scheme in a wider range of its overseas locations.

Volume of end-of-life products recycled (global)
[Image] Volume of end-of-life products recycled (global)

Breakdown of the volume of end-of-life products recycled (FY2014)
Looking at the volume of end-oflife products recycled by region, in Japan 80% or more of the total volume is recycled, with four types of home appliances accounting for the bulk of this. Major items collected and recycled in Europe include TV sets and business-use equipment. In the U.S., major items include TV sets and PCs. Maintaining the volume of end-of-life products collected in China and other Asian countries as well as preparing to respond to recycling-related laws that are expected to be enacted in other areas are issues to be addressed in the future.[Image] Breakdown of the volume of end-of-life products recycled

Volume of end-of-life products recycled by region (FY2014)
[Image] Volume of end-of-life products recycled by region

*1
The WEEE Directive is a directive of the European Union concerning waste electrical and electronic equipment.
*2
MRM: Electronic Manufacturers Recycling Management Company, LLC is a recycling management firm established jointly with Panasonic Corp. and Sharp Corp. in September 2007. For more details, visit its website: http://www.mrmrecycling.com/ (A new window will open.)

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Case Study: Participating in a battery collection event in Vietnam

Toshiba Lifestyle Products & Services Corporation

Toshiba Lifestyle Products & Services Corporation participated in a battery collection event held in Vietnam in April 2015. In Vietnam, a law on recycling batteries and other electrical products is likely to come into force in 2016. This event was one program for raising citizens' awareness of this recycling law. Toshiba Lifestyle Products & Services conducted a campaign that enabled visitors to exchange 10 end-of-life batteries for 1 new battery at its booth; it collected some 13,000 batteries weighing approximately 250 kg. We will use the knowledge acquired through this event to ensure compliance with the law in the future.

[Image] Toshiba booth
Toshiba booth

[Image] Toshiba booth

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Case Study 1: Recycling of ink cartridges by voluntary collection in the US

[Image] Bench manufactured using eLumber™
Bench manufactured using eLumber™

Toshiba America Business Solutions, Inc.

Toshiba America Business Solutions, Inc. has worked with Close the Loop® to launch a recycling program to reduce the amount of waste ending up in landfills to zero and is voluntarily collecting end-of-life products, such as printer and fax machine cartridges.
Voluntarily collected products are fully recycled into eLumber™, a waterproof raw material promoted by Close the Loop; eLumber is used as a raw material for fences and outdoor furniture.
In FY2013, the US subsidiary contributed to reducing the amount of waste ending up in landfills by recycling about 173 tons of waste products.

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Case Study 2: End-of-life product collection pilot project in Thailand

[Image] Toshiba's product collection reception counter
Toshiba's product collection reception counter

Toshiba Thailand Co., Ltd.

Following the success of Toshiba Sales & Services Sdn Bhd's project to collect end-of-life electric and electronic devices in Malaysia, Toshiba Thailand Co., Ltd. carried out a pilot project to collect end-of-life electric and electronic devices by applying this to Thailand while referencing the opinions of distributors and recyclers. On the first day of the event for collecting devices, Toshiba Thailand collected some 30 items, including TV sets, PCs, refrigerators, and other appliances on a trial basis. The subsidiary will use the knowledge gained through this pilot project about recycling of waste electric and electronic devices to respond to future recycling legislation and in its marketing strategy.

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Case Study: Independent waste collection program for recycling end-of-life electric and electronic devices

[Image] Collection of end-of-life products at the service center
Collection of end-of-life products at the service center

Toshiba Sales and Services Sdn Bhd / Toshiba Singapore PTE, LTD.

Toshiba Sales and Services and Toshiba Singapore are working in cooperation with local stores, sales agencies and recycling companies to develop a program* for recycling end-of-life electric and electronic devices. The program started in February this year and approximately 500 end-of-life products (TVs, PCs, refrigerators, etc.) have been collected so far. Through this independent collection program, Toshiba contributes to the reduction of waste and effective use of resources through appropriate recycling in Singapore.

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Target products include home appliances (TVs, refrigerators and washing machines) and IT and telecommunications devices (notebook PCs, tablets, portable HDDs and projectors).

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