We strive to improve efﬁciency of our waste recycling processes by establishing take-back and transportation system for waste generated at our Korean production sites and by continuously researching recycling technologies. In addition, in order to achieve zero recycling charges and zero issues, we promote a resource circulation program aimed at increasing the amount of collected e-waste and eliminating risks. Our production sites strive to avoid the landﬁlling of waste and are continuously expanding their recycling efforts. Moreover, we continuously improve our production process and recycling system in order to reduce waste and expand the use of recycled materials.
In response to regulations on the take-back and disposal of discarded home appliances in countries where our production sites are located, we have established various policies related to the collection and recycling of waste electronic products, and we operate a collection and disposal service for e-waste. In addition, we continue to make concerted efforts to actively reduce the environmental impact of our products by, for example, expanding our services to include non-regulatory business areas. Furthermore, we disclose information regarding the management of e-waste, such as local collection facilities and systems, in addition to communicating with global stakeholders by disclosing our global e-waste take-back and disposal policy on our website.
We comply with the principles of Individual Producer Responsibility (IPR) which addresses the responsibility of producers to collect e-waste. Moreover, we continue to make concerted efforts to increase the recyclability of e-waste and reduce the environmental impact of landﬁlls and incineration during the disposal process. In particular, we enhance the recyclability of products by conducting recyclability evaluations from the product development stage.
We actively participate in the Producer Responsibility Recycling System that has been in effect since 2003, and we operate a free-of-charge take-back service for discarded home appliances. After receiving a request for collection from a customer, installation specialists visit the customer’s home and collect large waste home appliances free of charge. Small discarded household appliance waste are collected through a designated take-back box at our service center. The collected electronic waste are recycled as raw materials after being disassembled and classiﬁed, thereby contributing to the creation of a resource recycling society.
We provide an e-waste recovery service in 87 regions in 52 countries (as of late 2021). These services reflect the WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) directive and the requirements of each country. With a view to expanding our voluntary recycling policy to new areas, we are striving to introduce these services following regulatory analysis and prior communication and discussion of countermeasures with the government and industry groups in the target countries.
|Region||Central and South America4)|
| E-Waste Take-Back/Treatment since 2017 |