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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 FY2015

The number of the four types of home appliances collected in FY2015 was approximately 1.68 million. The recycling rate for all four types of products increased by about 2% compared to the previous year. This was chiefly because of an increase in the number of LCD TVs, refrigerators, washing machines, and air conditioners collected. The number of end-of-life PCs for business and home use returned to the average annual level of about 38,000 units (a decrease of 16% compared to the previous year) because replacement due to the termination of support for Windows XP during the previous fiscal year passed its peak.

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

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

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Case Study 1: Expanding the use of recycled plastics in air conditioners

Toshiba Environmental Solutions Corporation and Toshiba Carrier Corporation

Toshiba Group is working in collaboration with material makers to expand the use of recycled plastics in air conditioners. In the process of dismantling end-of-life home air conditioners, Toshiba Environmental Solutions Corporation collects and crushes cross-flow fans used in air conditioner indoor units that are made of glass fiber-reinforced AS resin. After that, the crushed cross-flow fans are washed, foreign materials are removed, and then they are recycled into plastics by Toray Industries, Inc. Recycled plastics are used as materials for outdoor unit fans in home and industrial air conditioners designed by Toshiba Carrier Corporation.

[Image] Expanding the use of recycled plastics in air conditioners

*1:
Resin regenerated and manufactured by Toray Industries, Inc.
*2:
Home air conditioners designed and sold by Toshiba Home Appliance Corporation

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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 Study 1: 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

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

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