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NISSAN BEGINS BUMPER RECYCLING IN GERMANY

 NISSAN BEGINS BUMPER RECYCLING IN GERMANY
 DETROIT, March 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Nissan has begun a nationwide


bumper recycling program in Germany that officials estimate will prevent nearly 47,000 polypropylene bumpers from reaching the country's landfills this year. Bumpers are the largest and heaviest of all plastic car parts.
 Nissan's 875 German dealerships will collect the polypropylene bumpers, which currently are found on 51 percent of all registered Nissan automobiles. An additional 45 percent of Nissan autos are equipped with metal bumpers that are already part of a recycling program. In the near future, Nissan hopes to begin collecting polyurethane bumpers, which comprise the remaining 4 percent.
 Nissan is beginning a similar program in Japan that will be rolled out over time on a city-by-city basis. Officials expect to recover 2,000 bumpers per month during the program's pilot phase.
 Both of these programs are possible because of Nissan's bumper recycling breakthrough last year. Nissan developed an environmentally safe technology enabling bumper paint to be removed from the plastic, thus making recycling possible.
 Nissan is the world's fourth-largest auto manufacturer.
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