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Recycling of Flat-panel TVs and Clothes Dryers
Revisions to the Home Appliance Recycling Law will come into effect on April 1, 2009, and flat-panel TVs (LCD and PDP) and clothes dryers will fall under the law. We will be the quickest to establish a system and recycle the products.

Revisions to the Home Appliance Recycling Law

The revisions made this time involved products to be recycled and the recycling rate.

(1) Greater number of products to be recycled
Flat-panel TVs (LCD and PDP) and clothes dryers were added.

(2) Revision to the recycling rate
The following revisions were made based on actual results.


After revisions Before revisions
TVs (CRT) 55%+ (no change) 55%+
TVs (flat-panel) 50%+ --
Washing machines/clothes dryers 65%+ 50%+
Air conditioners 70%+ 60%+
Refrigerators/freezers 60%+ 50%+

Flat-panel TVs

The following are unique features related to the recycling of flat-panel TVs, which have become more popular in recent years.

When determining important points for recycling, the composition of valuable materials is examined. Glass accounts for around 60% of CRT TVs, but only around 30% of plasma TVs and around 5% of LCD TVs, which is less than half the figure for CRT TVs. This is because as TVs have become flatter, the amount of the valuable glass has declined. When recycling flat-panel TVs, it is important to properly separate and recover steel and plastics in addition to glass.


Material composition of PDP TVs
Material composition of PDP TVs

Graph shows ratio composition by weight (source: material from bodies such as councils and investigative committees of the Ministry of Environment)

Material composition of LCD TVs
Material composition of LCD TVs

Graph shows ratio composition by weight (source: material from bodies such as councils and investigative committees of the Ministry of Environment)

Flat-panel TV line

Just like other products, flat-panel TVs are processed on a specialized line so that they can be recycle based on the concept of "from products to products," recovering recyclable materials and using them in newly produced items.

Clothes Dryers

Recycling of clothes dryers is also shown since clothes dryers are handled in a similar manner to washing machines. Clothes dryers are appropriately handled on the present washing machine line at PETEC since the structure of clothes dryers is similar to that of washing machines.


*This site introduces Panasonic's home appliance recycling plant in Japan, which is engaged in material recycling under the Japan's Home Appliance Recycling Law.