KATO, Hyogo Pref. — Panasonic Corp. and its fully owned unit Panasonic Eco Technology Center Co. said Thursday they have developed new technology that makes it possible to recycle old-style TV sets three times faster and leaves less waste than previous methods.

The technology uses laser beams to cut the front glass panel away from the cathode ray tube, a key component in the recycling process. Other parts are broken into tiny bits and recycled into plastics, steel and other materials.

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