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Increasing the Use of Recycled Plastics

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

Use of recycled plastics by Toshiba Group is increasing mainly in multi-function printers, hard disk drives, batteries, industrial air conditioners, and ceiling lighting equipment. From FY2017 to FY2019, the cumulative total amount of recycled plastics used was 2,636 tons, exceeding the target of 2,280 tons. In FY2020, we aim to increase the cumulative total of recycled plastics used to 3,000 tons. Going forward, in order to increase the use of recycled plastics, we will ensure a supply of waste plastics as well as develop new uses for recycled plastics.

Amount of recycled plastics used (cumulative total)
[Image] Amount of recycled plastics used (cumulative total)

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Case : 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

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

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