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MBA Polymers UK makes life easy with new customer-focused car bumper recycling service

World-leading plastic recycler MBA Polymers UK has launched a new car bumper recycling service aimed at independent approved treatment facilities (ATFs), automotive recyclers and breakers yards.  


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MBA Polymers UK – which has four sites located across the UK – will pay a competitive price for damaged car bumpers and those from end-of-life vehicles (ELVs) due to be recycled at two of its locations. It will then use this material to create innovative new recycled polymers which can be used in the next generation of vehicles.

By separating out bumpers before a vehicle is recycled, MBA Polymers UK can increase the efficiency of its processes and limit the risk of contaminants to create the higher-performance sustainable materials that car makers increasingly demand.

MBA Polymers UK’s network of four site sites are located in Wimblington (Cambridgeshire), Worksop (Nottinghamshire), Duddeston (West Midlands) and Dover (Kent). At both the Worksop and Wimblington sites, the company’s friendly team are ready to accept car bumpers from businesses and sole traders directly, allowing firms of all sizes to get paid for this high-quality recyclable plastic

The new service will significantly reduce the amount of plastic from ELVs that ends up in landfills each year and help the UK automotive industry comply with the EU’s draft ELV Directive, which requires car makers to use 25% recycled plastic in their new cars (25% of which must come from ELVs). 

Over three decades, MBA Polymers UK has spearheaded efforts to recycle more of the post-consumer plastics found in ELVs and waste electronics (WEEE). The materials it has brought to market achieve carbon savings of between 75% and 86%, making them the first recycled polymers to carry the Carbon Trust’s Lower CO2 label. It recently launched a UL-listed recycled ABS – amid a global shortage – which contains 95%+ recycled content (versus an industry average closer to 70%).

Paul Mayhew, General Manager at MBA Polymers UK, said: 

“We can’t wait to meet businesses large and small through our innovative car bumper recycling initiative.

As well as enabling the MBA Polymers UK team to create the high-quality recycled plastics car makers increasingly require, this service promises to bring more companies into the circular economy. As more of us seek out businesses with green credentials, this will be a significant benefit to ATFs, auto repair shops and vehicle recyclers – and best of all, we’re happy to pay a competitive price for this material too.”

For more information on MBA Polymers UK, visit our website at or call 01925 715400.


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Owain joined Volvo Cars in June 2021 to lead Circular Economy in the Global Sustainability Team. The company has committed to being a circular business by 2040 and has financial, recycled content and CO2 based targets for 2025, all of which Owain is working across the company to make happen. Owain previously worked for circular economy consultancy Oakdene Hollins where he advised businesses on evidence led circular economy implementation. 

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