PV Module Take-Back and Recycling in Japan

Since March this year, PV CYCLE’s take-back and recycling solution for electronic and electrical solar energy equipment is also available in Japan. The Belgium headquartered industrial association offers its waste management service for production and post-consumer waste to Japanese companies and commercial owners. “The Japanese PV market is the natural fit for our expansion to other regions of the world: a 23-GW market with a long history in PV module installation and a high environmental commitment on the part of consumers and companies,” said Jan Clyncke at the signing ceremony of the first Japanese PV collection point under the Government-funded Akita Photovoltaics Recycling Model Project (APV). PV CYCLE supports the project with its expertise and its collection box. 14 collection points have been opened to collect small quantities of PV panel waste.

According to PV CYCLE, the organization guarantees average recycling rates between 90 and 97 percent. The association today covers PV modules, inverters, batteries and other equipment falling under WEEE or Battery legislation in its portfolio.