Together with its partner Fujitsu Laboratories, the Japanese manufacturer will embark on a pioneering closed loop venture to collect the CDs and DVDs at its own recycling centres across the country and reuse them by incorporating the plastic into the bodies of its notebook products.

The company estimates this recovery process will reduce its annual plastic usage by more than 10 tonnes and cut CO2 emissions by 15%

Fujitsu began using this recycled plastic for part of the front panel of its Lifebook P772/E notebook PC for enterprise customers, a model in its summer 2012 lineup.

Going forward, it plans to roll this process out to other notebook PCs and products as a way to reduce its environmental footprint and resource consumption.

To avoid the risk of contaminants being mixed into the recycled plastic, quality control checks will be carried out, based on a chemical substances risk management database developed by Fujitsu Laboratories.

Fujitsu says it has long followed the practices of designing products to be easily disassembled and labeling the types of plastic used in its products to enable easy identification.

Maxine Perella

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