By >Akihabara News Team
Fujitsu Isotec Plant Visit in Fukushima-Part 2
Established in 2003 based on the Japanese Law for Promotion of Effective Utilization of Resources, Fujitsu Isotec Frontier (a.k.a. FIT Frontier) Recycle Center is a subsidy of Fujitsu Isotec and one of the five Fujitsu Recycling centers in Japan. Here basically the collected products are manually dismantled and materials such as steel, aluminum, copper and 20 different types of plastic are separated. Since it is really challenging to differentiate the type of plastic, they use materials recognition equipment to discriminate them. Once entered, the first thing that catches your attention is the curved tiny materials in three colors (black, white and pink) on plates adjacent to one another. We are explained that they were actually exemplary recycled plastics and were illuminated about the fact that the ball point Fujitsu pen that we were given as present was indeed made from recycled plastic and that it was even written so on the very pen (making it all-the-more valuable at least in eco-friendly eyes). Looking around, you would see big metal baskets full of scrap materials such as CDs, computer screens, CPUs, circuit boards, printers and even ATM machines and of course Fujitsu employees laboring to make otherwise –would- be- left –to- oblivion-and-decay parts join the product life cycle. Behind the windows, in a separate space, the most sensitive part of the recycling business was going on: Deletion of the personal data through destruction of HDDs. Fujitsu Isotec staff was really keen on underlining this part of recycling deeming it to be -beyond doubt- the most crucial detail. Being as such, tight security measures were taken to watch over the whole process.
This and similar efforts such as the news about Fujitsu’s announcement of expanding their Green Policy Innovation Program (launched in December 2007) to cover its Worldwide operations with the target of reducing its worldwide CO2 emissions more than 15 million tons over the four-year period from 2009 through 2012 seem to be the concrete indicators of Fujitsu Groups’ commitment for environment protection. By the way, if you would like to inquire more about this and are in Japan, you actually have a good chance these days as we were informed that Fujitsu Group has a booth at the Eco Products 2009 International Fair at Tokyo Big Sight (December 10-12).