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Updated on September 7, 2016

Product Recycling Policy and Performance

Sony subscribes to the principle of individual producer responsibility (IPR), that is, the idea that a producer bears responsibility for its products over their entire life cycle. Accordingly, Sony is focused on recycling-oriented product design, collection and recycling used products, and building global recycling systems that suit the needs of individual countries and regions. Sony recognizes its social responsibility as a manufacturer to deal with its used products and actively promotes product collection and recycling. Sony complies with recycling laws and regulations in countries and regions around the world, including Japan's Home Appliance Recycling Law, the EU's Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE Directive), state recycling laws on waste electrical and electronic equipment in the US, China's Management Regulations for Recycling and Disposing of Consumer Electronics and Electronic Waste, and India's recycling laws on electronic waste. Sony is actively working to achieve the goals of its long-term environmental plan, Road to Zero, to eliminate its environmental footprint by 2050, and toward this end, has set a series of environmental mid-term targets to be met over consecutive five-year periods.

Environmental Mid-Term Targets for Take-back and Recycling

In its Green Management 2015 environmental mid-term targets, Sony has set the following target for product take-back and recycling. To meet these targets, Sony stepped up efforts related to recycling-oriented design, while working to build recycling systems that suit the local needs of countries and regions where it operates around the world.

Environmental Mid-Term Target for Take-back and Recycling

Based on the idea of extended producer responsibility (EPR), Sony strives to achieve an environmentally conscious recycling system which ensures effective collection and recycling of end-of-life products. In addition, Sony continues to increase the use of recycled resources and to design products that are easy to recycle. Based on the idea of individual producer responsibility (IPR), this effort aims to promote the establishment of appropriate laws and infrastructure to recycle Sony products.

Performance on Green Management 2015 Environmental Mid-Term Targets

Environmental Mid-Term Targets from Fiscal 2016

Sony has set Green Management 2020 environmental mid-term targets spanning from fiscal 2016 through fiscal 2020, and is now focused on meeting these new targets. For more information, please visit below link.

Sony's Recycling Record

In fiscal 2015, Sony recovered resources from approximately 65,000 tons* of collected end-of-life products. In Japan, the amount of waste collected represented a decline from fiscal 2011, attributable to the end of the Japanese eco-points scheme for the recycling of home appliances. In contrast, the amount of waste collected in Latin America increased as Sony's joint project, the Green Service Program, gained greater recognition in the region.

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This figure includes data calculated as of the date of release of this CSR Report (August 2016).

  • Weight of End-of-Life Products Collected
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