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 4,205 units of PCs were processed in fiscal 2016, with a recycling rate of 47.9%.

PC Recycling Results (Japan, fiscal 2017)

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 52.4 4 260.5 181.2 69.6%
Home-use 208.1 25
Subtotal 260.5 29
Notebook PCs Business-use 2,511.6 1,380 6,983.2 2,711.1 38.8%
Home-use 4,471.6 2,444
Subtotal 6,983.2 3,824
CRT displays*1 Business-use 141.0 8 2,022.0 1,475.3 73.0%
Home-use 1,881.0 100
Subtotal 2,022.0 108
LCDs*1 Business-use 129.8 16 347.8 240.8 69.2%
Home-use 218.0 48
Subtotal 347.8 64
TOTAL 9,613.5 4,025 9,613.5 4,608.4 47.9%

*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.