Launched jointly by the Bandai Namco Group‘s four companies — Bandai Namco Holdings, Bandai Spirits, Bandai Namco Amusement, and Logipal Express — the new program allows Gunpla builders to bring in leftover plastic for recycling. For those unaware, Gunpla model kits come in the form of buildable components linked to a plastic frame or sprue, called “runners.” These runners are in most cases left over after the kit itself is built and rarely serve any purpose except going to waste. Bandai hopes to reduce this waste by now installing collection boxes at its Namco video game centers in Japan, which allow you to deposit unwanted runners.
After collection, the company says there’ll be three different types of recycling. The first will be chemical recycling, where the plastic polystyrene will be broken down into styrene monomer and then reused to create more Gunpla parts. The second method is mechanical recycling, which involves physically crushing the plastic into small granules that will be reformed later on. Finally, there’ll be thermal recycling, which focuses on the waste that can’t be recycled. Instead, they’ll be burned to fuel electricity production.
For those in the neighborhood, the Gunpla Recycling Project boxes are now already installed at the Namco game centers in Osaka and Kawasaki. The company hopes to provide this service at around 190 different locations across Japan sometime soon.
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