Bandai launches Gunpla Recycling Project to reuse Gundam anime model kit plastics

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Since 1980, toymaker Bandai has been pumping out a constant stream of model kits based on the Gundam mecha anime series. These kits are called Gunpla, with the “pla” being short for “plastic,” the most prominently used material in the scale robots.

Not all the plastic that comes in a Gunpla kit gets used in the model itself, though. Groups of component plastic pieces are often attached to an outer frame, called a “runner.”

▼ Gunpla pieces in their runner pre-assembly

Once the model has been put

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