What is Operation Clean Sweep®? Reducing Plastic Pellet Loss to the Environment Operation Clean Sweep® is an international initiative from the plastics industry to reduce plastic pellet loss to the environment. In the UK it is led by the British Plastics Federation. The initiative’s aim is to ensure that the plastic pellets, flakes and powders that pass through manufacturing facilities in the UK are handled with the care they deserve and do not end up in our rivers or seas. By signing up to Operation Clean Sweep®, companies make a commitment to adhere to best practice and implement systems to prevent plastic pellet loss — and that they will play their part in protecting the aquatic environment. Signing up to Operation Clean Sweep® is a simple process, and a variety of resources are provided containing key information. Why should my company sign up? What does signing up involve? Why should my company sign up? Many companies are showing a commitment to protecting Britains beaches, rivers and seas. "Making zero pellet loss a priority is an effort that involves everyone at Plasgran, from senior management to factory employees." Plasgran, signatory of the OCS pledge Operation Clean Sweep® helps your company ensure that plastic pellets are contained on-site, shows your company’s commitment to the environment and highlights to others that you are a responsible manufacturer. Signing up to Operation Clean Sweep® demonstrates corporate social responsibility and we encourage you to promote your involvement as widely as possible. There are a number of other benefits to your business which include: Forms part of your sustainability/environmental initiatives Maximises the use of feedstock Prevents slips and falls Improves operational efficiency Ensures compliance with regulations Contributes to improving water quality and wildlife Protects the reputation of your company and the plastics industry Once my company signs up, what do we do? Implementing OCS demonstrates that your plastic materials are handled with care and attention. "Bericap takes its environmental responsibility seriously and OCS is a natural extension to our existing system." Bericap, signatory of the OCS pledge Once signed up to Operation Clean Sweep®, checklists are available for both management and employees, as well as presentation slides that can be used internally to educate staff about how to contain pellets and clean up spills quickly. The Operation Clean Sweep® Plastic Pellet Loss Prevention Manual contains best practice for the whole of the plastics industry about how to prevent, contain and clean up plastic pellet spills. It includes the following: Site audits — identifying transfer points and potential spill areas. Worksite set-up — containment systems and employee equipment. Training — developing a programme and implementing it. Prevention, containments and clean up procedures (transport, loading/unloading material, storage, packaging, recycling and waste disposal). The BPF provide the OCS manual as a comprehensive guide on the measures that can be put in place. In addition to the manual there are also management checklists, employee checklists, and staff communication posters and leaflets. See the video below for examples of companies in the USA that have implemented Operation Clean Sweep® and how it has helped them. Who has already signed up? The British Plastics Federation would like to congratulate the following companies, which are already committed to ensuring their site and processes are carefully managed to prevent plastic pellet loss. Members of the British Plastics Federation: A K Industries Alfaplas Distrupol Gabriel-Chemie Plastribution Philip Tyler Polymers Hygrade Industrial Plastics Balmoral Tanks Sumika Polymer Compounds RPC Group 4Plas Vinnolit Ltd Perrite A Division of A Schulman Leafield Environmental Wavin Sabic UK Ltd Aquapurge Epwin Group Data Plastics Impact Solutions Mexichem Hardie Polymers Polypipe DS Smith (Plastics) Esterform Packaging Wells Plastics Stewart Plastics Palm Equipment Performance Masterbatches Frontier Medical Group Ultrapolymers Europalite (Marwood Group) REHAU Coveris Dart Products Europe Solent Composites Meech Static Eliminators Baerlocher Broadway Colours Plasgran Ltd Logoplaste St Davids Assemblies Vannplastic Ltd Albis UK Ltd Luxus Inovyn Chlorvinyls Ltd United Closures and Plastics ALPLA UK Ltd Bericap UK Ltd RPC:BPI Summit Systems Rototek Ltd Craemer UK Ltd Roberts Mart & Co Ltd McLaren Plastics Ltd Romold Ltd Pulse Flexible Packaging Ltd Sharpak Forbes Technologies Ltd Innovia Films Ltd Etills Ltd Warden Plastics Broanmain Ltd West Pharmaceutical Services Performance plastics Hexpol TPE Ltd Ricoh UK Products Ltd VEKA PLC VEKA Recycling Ltd Viridor Amaray GPS PE Pipe Systems Biesterfeld Petroplas Ltd Longfield Chemicals Ltd Pentagon Plastics Ltd Plastipak BNL (UK) Ltd Husqvarna UK Ltd Matrix Polymers Limited Numatic International Ltd Spectra Packaging Solutions Ltd Altra Floors Hozelock Ltd ACO Technologies PLC John Guest Limited Wavin UK Polydist Europe Holdings Ltd JFC Plastics Ltd Nampak Plastics Europe Non-members signed up to Operation Clean Sweep®: Brand-Rex EMTELLE UK LTD Den Hartogh Dry Bulk Logistics Ltd Rosti Automotive Stamford Bridge Limited / Rosti UK Limited Sunamp Ltd Ineos Ltd HW Coates Matrix Plastics Ltd Bertschi UK Ltd STV Machinery Deltaform ASK Plastics Limited Nigel Partridge Bulk Haulage Ltd Sangenic International UK Ltd Naylor Industries Plc EuroChem Auto Chemicals Ltd Automated Packaging Systems Ltd Coca-Cola European Partners If you would like to contact us directly, please email firstname.lastname@example.org Feel free to educate your colleages and friends about Operation Clean Sweep® and share this page by using the social media buttons below.