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

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Below is the actual results recycled by Panasonic Corporation during fiscal 2020 (from April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021) in accordance with the Law for Recycling of Specified Kinds of Home Appliances (Home Appliance Recycling Law), including products bearing the SANYO brand.

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]

920

273

655

1,050

1,344

Number of products processed [1,000 units]

897

275

643

1,026

1,346

Total weight of products processed [tons]

36,198

7,122

11,847

66,345

55,104

Total weight of recycled materials from processed products [tons]

32,942

4,978

10,030

53,613

49,600

Recycling rate [%]

91

69

84

80

90

* "Number of products processed" and "Total weight of products processed" refer to the total (units and weight) of waste electric appliances that were treated for recycling in fiscal 2020.
* All of the numbers after the decimal point are truncated.
* There were a small number of units whose manufacturer responsible for recycling, etc. was not identified due to an inputting error in the manifest and/or for other reasons. Those units are not included in "Number of products received at designated collection points" and "Number of products processed".

Overview of the recycled parts and materials

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]

9,723

458

3,609

24,858

22,348

Copper [tons]

2,406

268

101

1,101

785

Aluminum [tons]

682

4

370

267

984

Mixture including ferrous or non-ferrous materials [tons]

13,214

16

479

7,884

6,534

CRT glass [tons]

-

2,461

-

-

-

Other valuable materials [tons]

1,045

853

3,656

15,740

10,245

Total weight [tons]

27,597

4,062

8,218

49,881

40,913

* 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 recycled materials by specified home appliance

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]

580,304

45,835

18,649

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

571,937

44,309

18,108

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

524,253

28,719

15,091

Weight of destroyed refrigerant fluorocarbons[kg]

45,097

15,866

2,973

* 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 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]

97,660

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

96,289

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

94,095

* 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.