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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 9,436 units of PCs were processed in fiscal 2013, with a recycling rate of 51.2%.

PC Recycling Results (Japan, fiscal 2013)

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 1,102.1 103 1,839.7 1,388.4 75.5%
Home-use 737.6 66
Subtotal 1,839.7 169
Notebook PCs Business-use 9,715.4 6,268 14,893.0 5,661.6 38.0%
Home-use 5,177.6 2,178
Subtotal 14,893.0 8,446
CRT displays*1 Business-use 260.0 20 5,039.9 3,371.2 66.9%
Home-use 4,779.9 227
Subtotal 5,039.9 247
LCDs*1 Business-use 3,003.2 448 3,963.0 2,764.7 69.8%
Home-use 959.8 126
Subtotal 3,963.1 574
TOTAL 25,735.7 9,436 25,735.6 13,185.9 51.2%

*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.

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