Environment : PC Recycling

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Recycling of Panasonic PCs in Japan

Since fiscal 2002, we have been recycling our personal computers (PCs) in Japan through dedicated transportation and recycling companies. The recycling program was initially limited to business-use PCs, but was extended to home-use PCs in October 2003. Total 10,751 units of PCs were processed in fiscal 2014, with a recycling rate of 52.1%.

PC Recycling Results (Japan, fiscal 2014)


Classification Weight collected(kg) No. of units collected(Units) Weight treated for recycling(kg) Weight of resources reused (kg) Rate of resources reused*2
Desktop PCs Business-use 1,111.7 144 1,676.8 1,110.2 66.2%
Home-use 565.1 46
Subtotal 1,676.8 190
Notebook PCs Business-use 9,751.6 7,332 17,668.4 7,820.7 44.3%
Home-use 7,916.8 2,428
Subtotal 17,668.4 9,760
CRT displays*1 Business-use 94.4 4 4,641.6 3,179.6 68.5%
Home-use 4,547.2 196
Subtotal 4,641.6 200
LCDs*1 Business-use 3,324.4 506 4,088.4 2,514.4 61.5%
Home-use 764.0 95
Subtotal 4,088.4 601
TOTAL 28,075.2 10,751 28,075.2 14,624.9 52.1%

*1 Including integrated PCs.
*2 Rate of resources recycled. Ratio of the mass reused as resources among the used products that were treated for recycling.