Japan Partnership for Circular Economy

Japan Partnership for Circular Economy


GUNPLA Recycling Project ~The Future created with GUNPLA funs~

[Company / organization] BANDAI SPIRITS CO., LTD.BANDAI NAMCO Holdings Inc.BANDAI NAMCO Amusement Inc.BANDAI LOGIPAL INC. PS Japan Corporation

BANDAI SPIRITS collects plastic runners of GUNPLA (model kits of Gundam Series) from approximately 200 amusement facilities operated by BANDAI NAMCO AMUSEMENT. The collected runners are transported by BANDAI LOIGIPAL, and sorted out for 3 ways of recycling. First of all, it is material recycling. Collected plastic runners and waste plastic materials in the production process are crushed, and recyled to be a plastic model which is commonly known as ECOPLA. Secondly, it is thermal recycling. Leftover plastics after the ECOPLA production are thermally recycled and used as electricity for Bandai Hobby Center (Manufacturing center of GUNPLA). Finally, we aim to realize the chemical recycling process cooperated with PS Japan Corporation.

Starting Time Plan

Started from 1st of April, 2021

About its technology and business model

BANDAI NAMCO Group can minimize energy by utilizing delivery of prize products and collecting runners at same time using the same route. By sharing the dream of realizing chemical recycling, which is a new technology through GUNPLA, we aim to be not only as a single company’s activity but also to be an active social activity involving GUNPLA funs. 

In addition, manufacturing of GUNPLA has done in Japan; therefore, the environment of circulation has already set up. 

About performance and target

Collection record of the first year was about 11t, which is 110% achieved against the target of 10t. The target volume will move up to 500 ton when operation of chemical recycle has started. Approximately 90,000 ECOPLA products were distributed at plastic model assembly experience events such as an event called Gundam Operation R to raise awareness of recycling activities.

It will also be used as teaching material in Gundam Academia (teaching program for elementary school students which has started in 2021).

In fiscal 2022, we aim to collect 15 tons.

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