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Recycling of End-of-Life Products

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-oflife 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 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 1: 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: 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.

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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