MBA Polymers UK to recycle ELV car bumpers

MBA Polymers UK will be recycling car bumpers from end-of-life vehicles (ELVs) using a specialist processing line.

The facility aims to help car manufacturers meet proposed amendments to the ELV directive in the EU and UK, which has proposed that “at least 25%” of plastics in a car must be made from consumer material.

The dedicated line, in Wimblington near Cambridge, will be supplied from MBA Polymers’ collection sites, as well as access feedstock from EMR. MBA has said this will create “consistent and high-quality recycled resins” to produce polypropylene and filled polypropylene.

MBA Polymers UK has said that 900,000 tonnes of plastic from cars, which currently goes to landfill or incineration, is wasted in the UK and EU each year. The materials MBA Polymers UK aim to deliver to manufacturers are said to achieve carbon savings of “between 75% and 86%”, which it said makes them the first recycled plastics to carry the Carbon Trust’s “Low CO2” label.

‘Truly sustainable’

Paul Mayhew, general manager at MBA Polymers UK, said: “As the automotive industry faces the challenge of meeting recycling targets mandated by the upcoming revision to the EU’s ELV Directive, sourcing truly sustainable recycled plastics is becoming more important than ever.

“The opening of this new dedicated line at our facility in Wimblington will enable MBA Polymers UK to recycle ever greater volumes of plastics, using our advanced separation and processing techniques to deliver high-quality polymers back to manufacturers.

“Plastics make up around 12% of a cars’ weight, and this latest development highlights how MBA Polymers UK will enable the automotive industry to create truly circular supply chains on the path to net zero.”

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