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 4,454 units of PCs were processed in fiscal 2018, with a recycling rate of 45.4%.

PC Recycling Results (Japan, Fiscal 2018)

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 0 251.7 181.4 72.1%
Home-use 251.7 21
Subtotal 251.7 21
Notebook PCs Business-use 2,332.2 1,690 6,198.2 2,058.7 33.2%
Home-use 3,866.0 2,611
Subtotal 6,198.2 4,301
CRT displays*1 Business-use 0.0 0 2,138.6 1,617.1 75.6%
Home-use 2,138.6 95
Subtotal 2,138.6 95
LCDs*1 Business-use 0.0 0 167.0 117.7 70.5%
Home-use 167.0 37
Subtotal 167.8 37
TOTAL 8,755.5 4,454 8,755.5 3,974.9 45.4%

*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.