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Joint Release with the Ministry of the EnvironmentFY2013 Enforcement Status of the Home Appliances Recycling Law, and Recycling Results for Manufacturers and Importers

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) today announced the amounts of four types of waste home appliances collected in FY2013 by manufacturers and importers at the designated collection sites across Japan pursuant to the Law for Recycling of Specified Kinds of Home Appliances (Home Appliances Recycling Law).

FY2013 data on the recycling of collected units for individual home appliance manufacturers are available on their respective websites, and a summary of nationwide recycling results is posted on the website of the Association for Electric Home Appliances.

1. Summary

With regard to the four designated types of waste home appliances (air conditioners; CRT, LCD and plasma television sets; refrigerators and freezers; and clothes washers and dryers), the Home Appliances Recycling Law requires that consumers appropriately dispose of waste units and pay recycling fees, that retailers collect waste units from consumers and transport them to manufacturers or importers, and that manufacturers and importers receive collected units from retailers at the designated sites and recycle them at home appliance recycling plants.

2. Collection results

In FY2013, approximately 12.73 million units of the four designated types of waste home appliances were collected in total at the designated collection sites. As for the breakdown, there were approximately 2.96 million air conditioners, approximately 2.04 million CRT TVs, approximately 700,000 LCD and plasma TVs, approximately 3.43 million refrigerators and freezers, and approximately 3.60 million clothes washers and dryers.

Number of waste home appliances collected at the designated sites across Japan in FY2013
Number of collected appliances (thousand units) Ratio (approx.; %) Year-to-year basis (%)
Air conditioners 2,961 23.3 + 25.5
CRT TVs 2,042 16.0 - 10.6
LCD and plasma TVs 698 5.5 + 41.6
Refrigerators and freezers 3,433 27.0 + 17.6
Clothes washers and dryers 3,600 28.3 + 14.5
Total for four designated types 12,733 + 13.7

3. Recycling results

In FY2013, a total of approximately 12.04 million units (up by about 6.2% from the previous year) of the four designated types of waste home appliances were transported to home appliance recycling plants. The recycling rates of these waste home appliances must meet the legally required levels. There is a gap between the number of units received at the designated collection sites and the number of units transported to home appliance recycling plants because of the time lag created by transportation.

Home appliance manufacturers announced their FY2013 recycling results today on their websites or by other means. The Association for Electric Home Appliances also published a summary of nationwide recycling results on its website.

The waste home appliances transported to home appliance recycling plants went through a recycling process to recover valuable materials, such as iron, copper, aluminum, glass and plastic. All the manufacturers and importers successfully achieved a recycling rate greater than the legal requirements. The recycling rates for the four types of designated waste home appliances were as follows: 91% (against a legal requirement of 70%) for air conditioners; 79% (against 55%) for CRT TVs; 89% (against 50%) for LCD and plasma TVs; 80% (against 60%) for refrigerators and freezers; and 88% (against 65%) for clothes washers and dryers. These results show that FY2013 marked another year of success for companies in achieving recycling rates greater than the legal requirements.

Recycling rate (achievements in the last three years)
  FY2011 (%) FY2012 (%) FY2013 (%)
Air conditioners 89 91 91
CRT TVs 79 82 79
LCD and plasma TVs 83 87 89
Refrigerators and freezers 79 80 80
Clothes washers and dryers 87 86 88

*LCD/plasma TVs and clothes dryers were added as designated appliances in FY2009.

The chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) used as coolants in air conditioners, refrigerators and freezers, and clothes washers, as well as the CFCs contained in thermal insulators in refrigerators and freezers, were recovered. The amount of CFCs recovered was approximately 1,726 tons for CFCs used as coolants in air conditioners, approximately 292 tons for those used as coolants in refrigerators and freezers, approximately 7 tons for those used as coolants in clothes washers and dryers, and approximately 432 tons for those contained in thermal insulators in refrigerators and freezers.

Based on these results, METI and MOE will further examine and analyze the enforcement status of the Home Appliances Recycling Law and continue efforts to smoothly enforce the system.

4. Home Appliance Recycling Ticket System

Consumers who have disposed of their home appliances can check whether their units have been collected at a designated collection site by accessing the website of the Home Appliance Recycling Ticket Center of the Association for Electric Home Appliances (http://www.rkc.aeha.or.jpExternal Site Link (in Japanese)).

For further details, see the Japanese language press release.

Release Date

June 24, 2014

Division in Charge

Environmental Affairs and Recycling Office, Information and Communication Electronics Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau

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