Covestro supports the 2019 Port Phillip Bay Nurdle Hunt

Covestro Australia is proud to support this year’s Port Phillip Bay Nurdle Hunt. Running from the 8th – 10th of February, the Nurdle Hunt is an Operation Clean Sweep® initiative which helps to map plastic resin pellet pollution across Port Phillip Bay.

Covestro Australia’s Managing Director, Rebecca Lee will be a guest speaker at the event, and a Covestro team will participate in the event’s launch and nurdle hunt.

Plastic pellet contamination has a negative impact on people, the environment and the plastics industry at large. Plastic Pellets (also known as nurdles) are tiny beads of raw plastic that are used in the manufacture of plastic products. Nurdles currently find their way into Australia’s waterways and are often eaten by wildlife as they look like fish eggs.

Operation Clean Sweep ® is a product stewardship program that aims to achieve zero pellet loss from all plastic resin handling operations. It aims to encourage good pellet containment practices and pollution prevention within the plastics industry.

Covestro is a long-term supporter of Operation Clean Sweep, and Rebecca and her team are thrilled to be participating in the event.

“The Covestro team and I are thrilled to be part of this year’s Operation Clean Sweep ® initiative. Product stewardship is an important part of our commitment to taking care of the planet, and as a plastics manufacturer, we consider it our duty to lead by example. Simple measures can have a big impact on preventing pellet loss, and we’re 100% committed to being here and making a difference” she said.

Covestro takes its environmental responsibilities very seriously. In recent years, it has invested significant resources into ensuring that plastic pellets do not enter the environment during its manufacturing processes. The company has improved its packaging to safeguard against pallet contamination and upgraded its loading processes and cleaning protocols. Special sieves have also been put in place around Covestro’s manufacturing facilities to prevent any rogue pallets entering the drainage systems.

Further information about this year’s Port Phillip Bay Nurdle Hunt can be found at http://www.opcleansweep.org.au/news/267-2019-port-phillip-bay-nurdle-hunt