PlasticsEurope and supporting member companies of Operation Clean Sweep (OCS) – an international programme to help prevent resin loss from getting into the marine environment – have presented the latest report on the ongoing activities regarding marine protection.
In its “operation clean sweep report 2017”, PlasticsEurope detailed measures taken by members to prevent pellet loss, including moves such as modifying equipment for better containment, training employees and involving their entire value chain, among others.
A Zero Pellet Loss (ZPL) initiative was initially launched in 2013 by PlasticsEurope to raise awareness among employees at manufacturing plants on how to manage pellets and other particles at each step of the production and supply chain.
ZPL was then integrated on a pan-European base, into the global OCS programme in 2015.
PlasticsEurope is targeting 100%-member engagement in the OCS programme for year-end 2017 and the report encourages other industry associations, policy-makers, NGOs and the general public to join this initiative to help achieve the goal of ‘zero pellet loss'.
According to PlasticsEurope more than half of its members have signed the OCS pledge and are implementing different measures within their companies.