Environment : Overview of Recycling of Specified Home Appliances (Japan)

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Below is the actual results recycled by Panasonic Corporation during fiscal 2015 (from April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015) in accordance with the Law for Recycling of Specified Kinds of Home Appliances (Home Appliance Recycling Law).

Overview of recycled four kinds of end-of-life products

Air conditioner TV Refrigerator/
Freezer
Washing machine/
Clothes dryer
CRT LCD/
Plasma
Number of products received at designated collection points [1,000 units] 538 511 131 877 1,077
Number of products processed [1,000 units] 607 511 128 934 1,147
Total weight of products processed [tons] 25,397 14,295 2,675 59,099 43,387
Total weight of recycled materials from processed products [tons] 22,753 10,668 2,358 46,933 36,884
Recycling rate [%] 89 74 88 79 85

* All of the numbers after the decimal point are truncated.

Total weight of the recycled parts and materials which are transferable to those who use it as parts or materials of product for a fee or free of charge

Air conditioner TV Refrigerator/
Freezer
Washing machine/
Clothes dryer
CRT LCD/
Plasma
Iron [tons] 8,157 1,348 1,062 25,105 19,247
Copper [tons] 2,070 471 23 994 522
Aluminum [tons] 1,379 12 85 81 689
Mixture including ferrous or non-ferrous materials [tons] 7,632 187 64 6,398 5,470
CRT glass [tons] - 5,652 - - -
Other valuable materials [tons] 3,513 2,996 1,121 14,414 10,955
Total weight [tons] 22,753 10,668 2,358 46,993 36,884

* All of the numbers after decimal point are truncated.
* "Other valuable materials" are plastics, etc.

Breakdown of recycled materials by specified home appliance

[FIGURE]Breakdown of collected materials by product family

Weights of refrigerant fluorocarbons which were collected, shipped, recovered or re-used, and destroyed

Air conditioner

Refrigerator/
Freezer

Washing machine/
Clothes dryer

Weight of collected refrigerant fluorocarbons[kg]

385,729

73,576

8,252

Weight of refrigerant fluorocarbons shipped to consigned destroying companies[kg]

381,977

72,168

8,065

Weight of recovered or re-used refrigerant fluorocarbons[kg]

0

0

0

Weight of destroyed refrigerant fluorocarbons[kg]

380,401

71,778

7,986

* All of the numbers after decimal point are truncated.
* Difference amoung weight of collected refrigerant fluorocarbons, weight of shipped refrigerant fluorocarbons and "total weight of recovered or re-used refrigerant fluorocarbons and destroyed fluorocarbons" is due to time-lag of destruction reporting.

Weights of fluorocarbons from insulation materials, which were liquefied and collected, shipped, and destroyed

Refrigerator/
Freezer

Weight of fluorocarbons liquefied and collected from insulation materials[kg]

141,297

Weight of fluorocarbons shipped to consigned destroying companies after liquefied and collected from insulation materials[kg]

138,653

Weight of destroyed fluorocarbons after liquefied and collected from insulation materials[kg]

137,823

* All of the numbers after decimal point are truncated.
* Difference among weight of collected refrigerant fluorocarbons, weight of shipped fluorocarbons and weight of destroyed fluorocarbons is due to time-lag of destruction reporting.