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February 8, 2011


Panasonic Successfully Converts Unrecyclable Residue into Harmless Gas

Keywords: Environmental Technology Manufacturing industry Reduce / Reuse / Recycle 

JFS/Panasonic Successfully Converts Unrecyclable Residue into Harmless Gas
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Panasonic Corporation, a leading Japanese electronics manufacturer, and its recycling plant for home appliances Panasonic Eco Technology Center (PETEC, announced on September 22, 2010, that they expanded and began full-fledged operation of a facility to safely process residue from waste resins without combustion. The facility utilizes the catalytic reaction of titanium oxide to break down organic substances contained in shredder dust, which is generated in the process of recycling home appliances, into harmless gas. The new operation effectively enables the companies to accelerate their progress in achieving zero waste in their businesses.

Shredder dust contains metal pieces, resins, rubbers and vinyl chloride, which emits dioxin when incinerated. In addition to advancing the reuse of resins through their separation and collection, Panasonic Eco Technology Center has also developed a technology for extracting metal from vinyl chloride-coated metals such as copper and iron by breaking down organic material contained in the post-separation residue into harmless gas, and has been conducting test operation aimed at commercializing the system since 2008.

With the facility in full operation, PETEC expects to process 500 tons of resin residues annually. Furthermore, Panasonic plans to commercialize facility operations for processing organic residue by catalytic reaction in fiscal 2011.

Posted: 2011/02/08 06:00:15 AM



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