Toshiba electronics recycling falls in 2012

Toshiba electronics recycling falls in 2012

By Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News

Oct. 25, 2013

For the second consecutive year, recycling of end-of-life products by global electronics giant Toshiba has decreased.

Toshiba's 2013 Environmental Report, which details a wide range of company initiatives, reports that recycling of end-of-life electronics in 2012 fell by nearly 25 percent year-over-year (YOY).

According to the report, Toshiba recycled an estimated 90,700 tons of end-of-life electronic products in 2012, down 28,600 tons from 2011 and nearly 40,000 tons from 2010. Recycling of old television sets, which peaked at 59,300 tons in 2010, continued to see steep declines in 2012 as the advent of lighter, digital sets and the near-complete collection of heavier CRT televisions have amounted to a natural decrease in overall tonnage.

The weight of TVs collected in 2012 fell to an estimated 22,100 tons due "to the completion of collection of cathode ray TVs as a result of the start of digital terrestrial TV broadcasting," the report states.

A slight majority of Toshiba's television recycling activity occurred in Europe, where 9,100 tons of television sets were recycled in 2012. In Japan some 7,800 tons of TV sets were recycled while North and South America added 5,200 tons of TV sets. Overall, close to 80 percent of the company's e-scrap comes from Japan, where the company is headquartered.

Toshiba's deadline for becoming "the world's foremost eco-company" by 2015 is fast approaching, and the company says it has plans to boost recycling going forward. "In the future, Toshiba Group will continue to increase the volume of end-of-life products collected and recycled in Japan and establish a collection scheme in a wider range of its overseas locations," the report states.

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