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Recycling of End-of-Life Products

In order to ensure efficient use of resources and appropriate treatment of hazardous substances, in accordance with recycling regulations in each country and region of the world, Toshiba Group is promoting the collection and recycling of products that customers have discontinued use of. We promote 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 Recycling of Specified Kinds of Home Appliances and the Act on the Promotion of Effective Utilization of Resources, we have established a unique scheme to collect elevators, MFP/POS systems, and other office 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 other countries in Asia and Central/South America.

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The WEEE Directive is a directive of the European Union concerning waste electrical and electronic equipment.

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Case : Reuse of solar panels

Toshiba Environmental Solutions Corporation

Toshiba Group is developing technologies for recycling and reusing solar panels that are likely to be disposed of in increasingly larger amounts in the future.

We delivered a 30-kW power system that employs Toshiba-developed reuse technology to the Smart Hydrogen Station (operator: Misawa City Solar System Maintenance Business Association) in Oirase-cho, Aomori. The solar panels used in this power system are those taken from the solar systems damaged during the Kumamoto Earthquake (2016) and the flood in Obihiro City, Hokkaido (2016) but diagnosed as non-damaged.

We will continue to develop environmentally conscious technologies and provide more advanced solutions in the area of solar panel recycling and reuse, thereby contributing to society.

[Image] Reused solar panels
Reused solar panels

[Image] Solar simulator (Major equipment for reuse diagnostic technology)
Solar simulator
(Major equipment for reuse diagnostic technology)

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