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Mazda claims to have become the world's first automaker to successfully recycle scrapped bumpers from end-of-life vehicles into raw materials for new bumpers (Ford may disagree). Mazda inaugurated this technology on August 21, and says it will initially be put to use for rear bumpers on its Biante minivan (pictured).

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In 2009, Ford UK dealers collected 23,000 ruined bumpers from cars that had been in accidents. Why would they do this? In order to do a bit of recycling. Some of the material from those bumpers is now back in action, having been turned into bumpers – and other plastic parts – used in new Ford models like the Ka. Those 23,000 bumpers translate into 70 tons of landfill (giving each bumper an average weight of 6.8 pounds, since 70 long tons, used in the UK, are equivalent to 156,800 U.S

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