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 6,669 units of PCs were processed in fiscal 2020, with a recycling rate of 41.5%.

PC Recycling Results (Japan, Fiscal 2020)

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 0.0 0 270.2 197.7 73.2%
Home-use 270.2 20
Subtotal 270.2 20
Notebook PCs Business-use 4,416.0 3,191 9,228.3 3,061.9 33.2%
Home-use 4,812.3 3,305
Subtotal 9,228.3 6,496
CRT displays*1 Business-use 141.0 8 1,631.6 1,255.3 76.9%
Home-use 1,490.6 90
Subtotal 1,631.6 98
LCDs*1 Business-use 140.7 21 299.5 229.9 76.7%
Home-use 158.8 34
Subtotal 299.5 55
TOTAL 11,429.6 6,669 11,429.6 4,744.8 41.5%

*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.