The future of recycling old electronics looks meek for Toshiba as responsible disposal of end-of-life devices has decreased for the consecutive second year.
According to Toshiba’s recent Environmental Report, the disposal of end-of-life devices has decreased nearly 25 percent since last years numbers. 90,700 tons were recycled in 2012, which has been spiraling downward from 28,600 tons disposed of in 2011 and 40,000 tons in 2010.
Unfortunately, with their end-of-life disposal decline within the past few periods, Toshiba’s hope of becoming “the world’s foremost eco-company” by 2015 may be delayed as they attempt to regain computer and electronics recycling numbers.
What is end-of-life electronics recycling? When equipment should truly be recycled, the products have no remaining value and should then be disposed of according to industry standards and government regulations.
End-of-life computer and electronics recycling has not only been troublesome from Toshiba. Figures were provided by the U.S. EPA in an Environmental Protection article estimating that “141 million mobile devices were ready for their end-of-life management,” but only 11.7 million were collected for recycling.
“In the future, Toshiba Group will continue to increase the volume of end-of-life products collected and recycled in Japan and establish a collection scheme in a wider range of its overseas locations,” the environmental report states.
We will have to see if 2013 satisfied projected computer and electronics recycling goals for Toshiba or if the numbers continue to dwindle.