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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 FY2013

In FY2013, in Japan and abroad, Toshiba Group collected about 123,000 tons of end-of-life products, of which it recycled about 100,000 tons. In Japan, due to a last-minute jump in demand before an increase in the consumption tax rate, the volume of waste refrigerators, washing machines, and air conditioning systems collected increased compared to the previous year. Meanwhile, the volume of end-of-life products collected overseas, including in Europe and North America, remained fairly constant. Therefore, the overall volume of end-of-life products collected increased by about 11,000 tons compared to the previous year.
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 (FY2013)
Looking at the volume of end-of-life products recycled by region, in Japan 80% 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, which has the next highest recycling ratio after Japan, include TV sets, PCs, multifunctional peripherals (MFPs), and medical 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 (FY2013)
[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 (MRM) 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 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.

*
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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Case Study 1: Participation in the “WEEE Can Do” project in Thailand

[Image] Scene from the collection campaign
Scene from the collection campaign

Toshiba Thailand Co., Ltd. and Toshiba Group companies in Thailand

Toshiba Thailand Co., Ltd. participated in the “WEEE Can Do” project, a campaign aimed at collecting and recycling end-of-life electric and electronic equipment that was carried out under the sponsorship of the Thai government. The company installed recycling boxes at each Toshiba Group company in Thailand, and its employees collected equipment placed inside these boxes. During the campaign (June 2011 to February 2012), Toshiba Thailand collected approximately 1.1 tons of end-of-life products, thus contributing to the success of the project.

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Case Study 2: Recycling of toner cartridges in Singapore

Toshiba Asia Pacific Pte., Ltd. / Toshiba Data Dynamics Pte., Ltd. / Toshiba Singapore Pte., Ltd.

Toshiba Asia Pacific Pte., Ltd. is implementing a program to recycle end-of-life toner cartridges in cooperation with local recyclers. The company launched the recycling program in 2009; to date, it has collected 10.2 tons of toner cartridges and recycled them into plastic and other products. For these activities, it received the Singapore Packaging Agreement 3R Packaging Awards 2011 from Singapore’s National Environment Agency. In the future, Toshiba Asia Pacific will continue to operate this program to reduce waste and use resources effectively.

[Image] Collection of toner cartridges
Collection of toner cartridges

[Image] Scene from the awards ceremony
Scene from the awards ceremony

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