Circular Economy

In order to treat waste in an eco-friendly way and reuse it as resource for production, we manage the waste treatment performance of each of our production sites, and of the company as a whole, and then monitor the waste recycling process. Through an increase in the use of renewable raw materials, we have expanded our range of recyclable products while also minimizing the environmental impact of our products.

  • Achieve 95% in waste recycling rate at production sites(~2030)

  • 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.

  • CRC (Chilseo Recycling Center)

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In order to reduce the negative environmental impact of solar power generation facilities, we intend to actively participate in Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) System for solar panels, which will be introduced in 2023. As waste from solar power generation facilities has been forecast to increase exponentially from 2023, we are working to establish a collection, transportation, and recycling system. Accordingly, we have conducted research into disposal methods of solar modules and developed recycling technologies. In addition, some of our production sites located in Korea recycle solar power plant waste into raw materials such as glass, aluminum, and silicon.
1) Environmental Assurance System: A system that induces the minimization of environmental pollution through systematic management throughout the entire production process from the design and production of electrical and electronic products to their disposal (the Act on Resource Circulation of Electrical and Electronic Equipment and Vehicles)
  • Expand reuse of product packaging materials(~2030)

1) Eco-friendly certification
- Acquire eco-friendly certification for the products of our suppliers in three areas(resin, jersey and manuals)
2) Eco-friendly product
- Develop products that utilize recycled materials and eco-friendly packaging materials
- Apply eco-friendly materials such as recycled resin, jersey, and paper to products
3) Eco-friendly packaging
- Remove EPS(Expanded Polystyrene)
- Develop eco-friendly packaging materials with pulp mold and corrugated board materials applied
  • Compliance with E-waste Take-back and Recycling Regulations

    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.

  • Compliance with the Individual Producer Responsibility Regulations

    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.

  • Free Take-back Service for E-waste (Korea)

    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.

  • E-waste Take-back and Disposal Service (Overseas)

    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.

Regional E-Waste Take-Back/Treatment (Unit: tons)
Region Europe1)
2019 120,077
2020 133,414
2021 156,958
Region Korea
2019 103,503
2020 129,731
2021 124,763
Region The U.S.
2019 20,926
2020 21,123
2021 22,190
Region Asia2)
2019 95,303
2020 107,212
2021 112,690
Region CIS3)
2019 14,163
2020 20,409
2021 22,706
Region Central and South America4)
2019 1,225
2020 1,179
2021 3,008
1)Figures for some European countries are estimated
4)Central and South America:Brazil,Colombia,Mexico,Peru

| E-Waste Take-Back/Treatment since 2017 |

*The reporting period differs by country. In case data is not obtained, we report estimated amount of the rate of surrounding countries or the take-back performance of the previous year. As a result, some data may be slightly adjusted in the next report.