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Increased use of recycled plastics

Toshiba Group is promoting initiatives to recycle plastic waste generated by end-of-life products.

Results of FY2016

Due to the effects of changes in Toshiba Group's business structure, the amount of recycled plastics used by Toshiba Group as a whole decreased to 854 tons. The percentage of recycled plastics relative to the total amount of plastics used in products*1 was 10.6%, exceeding the initial goal (3.5%).

Future initiatives

To increase use of recycled plastics, we will ensure the supply of waste plastics as well as develop new uses of recycled plastics. Under the Sixth Environmental Action Plan, we aim to increase the cumulative total of recycled plastics to 3,000 tons by 2020.

[Amount of recycled plastics] / [Amount of plastics used for products] × 100

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Case Studies in FY2014

Case Study 2: Progress in sorting waste plastics

Nishinihon Kaden Recycle Corporation

In addition to product design initiatives, such as using recycled plastics for new product parts, Toshiba Group is also working to ensure sufficient supply of recycled plastics to expand their use. Nishinihon Kaden Recycle Corporation has developed and introduced a process for collecting high-purity, single material plastics from crushed mixed plastics. The process makes use of a near-infrared sensor to sort and separate ABS and HIPS resins. Then, brominated flame retardants are removed to ensure a supply of recycled plastics that meets the RoHS* Directive. In addition, a machine polishes the surfaces of collected plastics to further increase their purity. Recycled plastics obtained in this manner are used in home electrical appliances and other products.

[Image] Progress in sorting waste plastics

RoHS (Restriction of certain Hazardous Substances) directive: A directive which limits the use of specified hazardous substances in electrical and electronic devices

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3R initiatives for packaging materials

We will streamline the use of packaging as well as product materials to reduce environmental impacts throughout their entire life cycles. We will work to reduce the use of packaging materials in accordance with the characteristics of each business area and product category through various measures, such as reducing packaging volume, enlarging the size of returnable (reusable) cases, and using materials with low environmental impact.

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