2018 update of “Operation Clean Sweep” / Focus in 2019 on developing support tools and strengthening collaborations
PlasticsEurope has published its 2018 "Operation Clean Sweep" report (Photo: Panthermedia/xxlphoto)
PlasticsEurope (Brussels / Belgium; has published a report on its efforts in 2018 as part of “Operation Clean Sweep” (OCS), an international programme aiming to prevent plastic pellets from entering the environment – see of 10.11.2017. The number of OCS signatories in Europe doubled last year to more than 500 companies, and more than 98% of total European plastics production has committed to the programme, PlasticsEurope said.

In order to prevent spillages, the pellet-handling companies commit to the following six actions:
  • improving worksite set-up to prevent and address spills,
  • creating and publishing internal procedures to achieve zero industrial plastic material loss,
  • providing employee training and accountability for spill prevention, containment, clean-up and disposal,
  • auditing performance regularly,
  • complying with all applicable state and local regulations governing industrial plastics containment and
  • encouraging partners (contractors, transporters, distributors, among others) to pursue the same goals.
During 2019, PlasticsEurope will focus on developing various tools such as a best practices catalogue, a common-self assessment tool and a certification scheme. It will also work towards strengthening engagement with stakeholders, including ports and clusters as well as other associations.
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Published on 01.04.2019

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