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Joint Release with the Ministry of the Environment FY 2015 Enforcement Status of the Home Appliances Recycling Law and Recycling Statistics for Manufacturers and Importers

ON June 24, 2016, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) announced the amounts of four designated types of waste home appliances collected in FY 2015 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).

FY 2015 data on the actual recycling of collected units by individual home appliance manufacturers is available on their websites, and a summary of nationwide recycling statistics 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 TVs, LCD and plasma TVs; 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 their manufacturers or importers, and that manufacturers and importers receive collected units from retailers at designated sites and recycle them at home appliance recycling plants.

2. Collection statistics

In FY 2015, approximately 10.88 million units of the four designated types of waste home appliances were collected in total at the designated collection sites. Breaking down the results, there were approximately 2.36 million air conditioners, approximately 1.55 million CRT TVs, approximately 1.03 million LCD and plasma TVs, approximately 2.80 million refrigerators and freezers, and approximately 3.14 million clothes washers and dryers.

Number of waste home appliances collected at designated sites across Japan in FY 2015
Number of collected appliances (thousands of units) Percentage of total Year-on-year change
Air conditioners 2,355 21.6% +5.8%
CRT TVs 1,552 14.3% -17.1%
LCD and plasma TVs 1,033 9.5% +21.9%
Refrigerators and freezers 2,799 25.7% +0.9%
Clothes washers and dryers 3,140 28.9% -0.1%
Total of four designated types 10,878 - +0.1%

(For further details, see Attachment 1)

3. Recycling results

In FY 2015, a total of 11.01 million units (a decrease of 4.1% from the previous year) of the four designated types of waste home appliances were transported to home appliance recycling plants. The recycling rates for these waste home appliances must meet the legally required levels. There is a difference between the number of units received at designated collection sites and the number of units transported to home appliance recycling plants because of the time lag created by transportation.

As of June 24, 2016, all home appliance manufacturers have announced their FY 2015 recycling results on their websites or by other means. The Association for Electric Home Appliances also published a summary of nationwide recycling results on its website. (For further details, see Document 2.)

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 recycling rates higher than the legal requirements. The recycling rates for the four types of designated waste home appliances were as follows: 93% (exceeding the legal requirement (LR) of 80%) for air conditioners; 73% (LR 55%) for CRT TVs; 89% (LR 74%) for LCD and plasma TVs; 82% (LR 70%) for refrigerators and freezers; and 90% (LR 82%) for clothes washers and dryers. These results show that FY 2014 marked another successful year in which companies achieved higher recycling rates than the legally required rates.

Recycling rates (actual results from the last three years)
FY 2013 FY 2014 FY 2015
Air conditioners 91% 92% 93%
CRT TVs 79% 75% 73%
LCD and plasma TVs 89% 89% 89%
Refrigerators and freezers 80% 80% 82%
Clothes washers and dryers 88% 88% 90%

*LCD/plasma TVs and clothes dryers were added as designated appliances in FY 2009.

Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) used as coolants in air conditioners, refrigerators, freezers, and clothes washers, as well as the CFCs contained in thermal insulation in refrigerators and freezers, were also recovered. The amount of CFCs recovered was 1,505 tons for CFCs used as coolants in air conditioners, 210 tons for those used as coolants in refrigerators and freezers, 15 tons for those used as coolants in clothes washers and dryers, and 334 tons for those contained in thermal insulation in refrigerators and freezers.

In the future, 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 link(in Japanese)).

Release date

June 24, 2016

Division in Charge

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

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