Mitsubishi Electric holds Environmental Design Technology Seminars to showcase technologies developed at its recycling centers and see how they can be applied to everyday product design. Developing technologies for sorting materials recovered from end-of-life home appliances and techniques applicable to recycled materials also increases the amount of recycled material that can be used in our products.

Results of Recovery and Recycling of Four Kinds of Home Appliances (Fiscal 2019)

Units Air conditioners Televisions Refrigerators
Washing machines
/Tumble dryers
CRT LCD/Plasma
From collection points 1,000 units 447 76 64 415 162 1,166
Units processed 1,000 units 452 78 64 417 163 1,176
Weight of materials processed Tons 18,543 1,850 1,184 24,785 6,249 52,614
Weight recycled in products Tons 17,602 1,380 1,040 19,657 5,877 45,559
Recycling ratio % 94 74 87 79 94 -

Recycling Personal Computers

Mitsubishi Electric promotes recycling of end-of-life personal computers and monitors. In fiscal 2019, we recovered a total of 5,626 office and home computers, with recycling ratios above statutory targets.*1

We started using the PC Recycle Mark*2 verification logo to show that end-of-life home computers can be disposed of without charge. Customers must request the mark after purchase for some products, but the procedure is very simple and involves nothing more than sending a postcard or applying via our site.*3 For products sold after October 2003 where the customer asks us for disposal, we check if the product is eligible for the PC Recycle Mark to make sure the customer does not pay the recycling fee twice.

Although preventing data leaks from hard drives during disposal of personal computers is essentially the user's responsibility, our subcontracted recycling agents do all they can to prevent data leaks, for example punching holes in hard drives and exposing them to strong magnetic fields to ensure physical and magnetic destruction. For office computers, we offer a paid service where customers can ask for all data to be erased by specialized software before recovery.

  1. *1 Desktop computers: 50% or more
    Notebook computers: 20% or more
    CRT displays: 55% or more
    LCD displays: 55% or more
  2. *2 PC Recycle Mark: The recycling mark stipulated by industry group PC3R Promotion Association, established to promote the 3Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle) among manufacturers, distributors, and importers of computers and monitors. The scheme applies to home computers and monitors sold after October 2003. Some products have the mark displayed at the time of purchase, or it may be available after purchase via registration.
  3. *3 Mitsubishi Electric stopped selling home computers in fiscal 1999, so only our PC displays are eligible for Recycle Mark applications.

Results of Recovery and Recycling of End-of-Life Business and Home Computers (Fiscal 2019)

Units Desktops Notebooks CRT Displays* LCD Displays Total
Weight recovered Tons 0.4 0.08 22 27 50
Office Home Office Home Office Home Office Home Office Home
0.3 0.07 0.05 0.03 2.4 19.7 3.1 24 5.9 44
Units recovered Units 45 32 1,052 4,497 5,626
Office Home Office Home Office Home Office Home Office Home
38 7 18 14 114 938 524 3,973 694 4,932
Weight processed Tons 0.4 0.08 23 27 50
Weight recycled Tons 0.3 0.05 15 23 39
Recycling ratio % 79 60 70 86 -