Plastics Europe prevents pellet loss in the environment
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Plastics Europe prevents pellet loss in the environment

  • 26 January 2023

Plastics Europe, the association of plastics manufacturers in Europe, and EuPC, the association of European Plastics Converters, announced the launch of the Operation Clean Sweep® (OCS) harmonised European certification scheme. This new tool is a milestone for the programme in its work towards zero pellet loss in the environment.

The loss of plastics pellets in our ecosystems is unacceptable, but can unfortunately occur at all stages along the value chain despite the application of the current standard environmental, safety and quality management controls. The Operation Clean Sweep®  programme was developed to help companies tackle pellet leakage by providing a series of key recommendations and tools.

Operational from February 2023, the first ever European pellet loss prevention certification scheme will further strengthen Operation Clean Sweep® by creating harmonised processes and procedures for controlling and documenting pellet loss across the entire plastics supply chain.

The scheme will allow pellet handling entities to assess and quantify their implementation of the approach. It will set common minimum requirements that will be audited regularly by accredited certification bodies. Certified companies will be listed on an online Public Register and the development of the certification will be reported annually, including pellet loss estimates and performance indicators.

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Source: Plastics Europe