CSR / Environment

Recycling Used Products

Expanding the Recycling of Used Products

  • Self-evaluation: ★★★ Achieved more than targeted / ★★ Achieved as targeted / ★ Achieved to some extent
Fiscal 2017 Objectives Fiscal 2017 Achievements Self-Evaluation*
Improve and expand high-efficiency recycling line for flat-panel TVs; raise value of recovered materials Introduced color sorting machinery into flat-panel TV recycling line; improved efficiency of non-ferrous metal sorting and quality of recovered materials ★★
Priority Objectives for Fiscal 2018 Achieve high efficiency from washing machine recycling line

Recycling 4 Kinds of Home Appliances in Japan (Air Conditioners, TVs, Refrigerators, and Washing Machines)

As a member of the B Group*1 for home appliance recycling, Sharp has constructed—and is operating—a highly efficient recycling system consisting of 19 recycling plants in Japan. In fiscal 2017, Sharp collected 1.6 million units (up 7% over the previous fiscal year) of the four types of appliances covered by the Home Appliance Recycling Act. The processed and recycled weight amounted to 51,000 tons (up 4% over the previous fiscal year). For all four appliance types, the B Group’s rate of recycling exceeded the legally stipulated levels.

  • *1 The B Group consists of Sharp Corporation, Sony Corporation, Hitachi Appliances, Inc., Fujitsu General Ltd., Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, and other companies.

Sharp Corporation’s Recycling Results for 4 Home Appliance Types (Fiscal 2017)

Note: All figures are rounded off to the nearest whole number.

  Unit Air Conditioners CRT TVs Flat-Panel TVs Refrigerators / Freezers Washing Machines / Dryers Total
Units collected from designated collection sites Thousand units 243 139 461 374 380 1,600
Processed and recycled units Thousand units 242 136 449 369 373 1,570
Processed and recycled weight Tons 9,872 3,263 8,582 22,615 14,192 58,526
Recycled weight Tons 9,333 2,493 7,709 18,069 13,202 50,808
Recycling rate % 94 76 89 79 93 -
Legally required recycling rate % 80 55 74 70 82 -

Improving Recycling Efficiency

Sharp and Kansai Recycling Systems Co., Ltd.*2 have joined forces to make effective use of resources and to improve recycling efficiency, and this includes introducing color sorting machinery into the flat-panel TV recycling line in fiscal 2017. The flat-panel TVs are crushed, and magnets are used to sort the ferrous materials from the non-ferrous materials, after which, instead of the typical sorting by hand of copper and aluminum from the non-ferrous materials, the color sorting machinery now automates this process. This automation contributes to greater operational efficiency and an improvement in quality in recovered materials.

  • *2 A consumer electronics recycling company established in Japan with joint investment from Sharp, Mitsubishi Materials Corporation, and four other companies.

Color sorting machinery for sorting out copper and aluminum

Reusing and Recycling Copiers and MFPs in Japan

Sharp is reusing and recycling copiers and MFPs collected both through Sharp distribution channels and through common industry channels. The company is also collecting used toner cartridges and remanufacturing them to the same quality standard of new products, thus assuring that customers will always get the same high quality. Sharp designs its toner cartridges for easy reuse and recycling. This ensures durability and reduces the amount of time needed to reprocess used cartridges.

Case Study

Design-for-Recycling Training

Sharp is committed to developing and designing products with consideration for their easy collection and recycling. To promote easy-to-recycle product design, Sharp has been conducting design-for-recycling training, aimed mainly at personnel responsible for product planning and design. In fiscal 2017, 25 people took part in training for recycling LCD TVs and home appliances.

This training program incorporated lectures, factory tours, and exchanges with employees involved in dismantling operations. Participants received hands-on experience in dismantling actual products collected at the recycling plant. At the end of the training, participants shared their views, mentioning any difficulties they encountered when dismantling products and discussing how products could be made easier to recycle. The knowledge and experience gained during this training is reflected in the planning and design of new products.

Lecture on design-for-recycling

Hands-on training in dismantling an air conditioner

Hands-on training in dismantling an LCD TV

Participants touring a recycling line