The Fujitsu Group's product recycling programs are based on Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) and Individual Producer Responsibility (IPR). EPR holds that producers bear responsibility for products from design and manufacturing to disposal and recycling. IPR holds that producers bear responsibility for their own products. IPR is a major challenge for the Fujitsu Group in expanding our business globally, but we believe that responding to this challenge, and that of EPR, in collaboration with industry associations and governments will enable us to help create a recycling-minded society in which the requirements and demands of all stakeholders are met. The Fujitsu Group carries out recycling programs that comply with the laws and regulations of the various countries in which it operates. Fujitsu accepts industrial waste for appropriate processing at Fujitsu recycling centers across Japan. We also try to do as much collection, reuse and recycling as we can, even in countries where recycling is not obligatory.
FY 2016 Performance and Results
Promoted Recycling of ICT Products
In Japan, the Fujitsu Group has built a recycling system that covers the entire country. While ensuring thorough traceability and security, we are steadfastly implementing Extended Producer Responsibility by providing safe and secure services that achieve high resource reuse rates in order to promote the recycling of ICT products.
Achieved a 90% or Higher Reuse Rate
We processed 4,185 tons of recycled ICT products (used ICT products for business applications) from corporate customers and achieved a resource reuse rate of 92.0%. Also, we have now collected a total of 61,435 end-of-life PCs from individual customers.
Hong Kong Recycling Association visitsFujitsu Recycling Center
In February 2017, with support from the EMS Committee at Fujitsu Hong Kong, representatives from the Hong Kong WEEE Recycling Association toured the Fujitsu East Japan Fukushima Recycling Center's technologies. The tour showcased the operations at the facility, including systems for keeping waste to near-zero levels and methods for processing materials.
Hong Kong produces roughly 70,000 tons of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) a year. Most of the waste is exported abroad, while valuable materials are reused or collected. With international trade regulations on WEEE growing increasingly strict in recent years, and used product markets outside Hong Kong are shrinking. It is increasingly necessary to promote WEEE-recycling.
Under the Hong Kong government's policy, the Association gathers information on electronic waste-recycling practices around the world and encourages efforts to implement viable solutions in Hong Kong. Association Vice President Eddie Chan was enthusiastic about his experience. "It was helpful to see the technologies,” he said. “We learned so much about how to generate more revenues from recycled products."
(Left) Representatives from the Hong Kong WEEE Recycling Association pose for a picture
(Right) Participants gather information