In 1992, the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) introduced the Operation Clean Sweep® program to the USA, which has now been successfully implemented in over 22 jurisdictions including Europe, New Zealand and Canada. The message is simple: Resin pellets should be contained, reclaimed and/or disposed of properly. Australia has also implemented this program, funded through the Victorian Government's Litter Hotspots Program.
The program’s goal is to help every plastic resin handling operation implement good housekeeping and pellet containment practices to work towards achieving zero pellet loss.
Covestro has been a strong advocate in zero plastics to the ocean. In February 2017, Patrick Thomas, CEO of Covestro presented at the World Ocean Summit in Bali Indonesia. “Plastics are too valuable to end up in the oceans,” he said in this video on YouTube released before the Ocean Summit. Patrick compared the marine plastic litter problem to that of a domestic flood, saying “the tap needs turning off” at the source. Stopping plastic waste escaping at the very beginning of the chain was something he emphasized as being vital to halting the problem.
Covestro Australia has signed the pledge and is now working with our customers and logistics providers to achieve the goal of zero pellet loss at each step of the value chain.
“As a responsible supplier, we can assist our customers and partners to put in place standards and practices that prevent pellet loss. No one wants to waste product and especially not see these products end up in our oceans. This program creates awareness and I’m proud to be part of it”, declared Matthew Ellis, responsible for Supply Chain at Covestro Australia.
Find out how you can get involved, call us rel="noopener noreferrer" on 1300 661 820 or go to Operation Clean Sweep®