All Pellets Accounted For

22. June 2011

At June’s Plast-Ex Show in Toronto, the SPI, the Plastics Division of the American Chemistry Council, and the Canadian Plastics Industry Association announced that the SPI’s Operation Clean Sweep Program would be made available to Canadian processors.

 Operation Clean Sweep was initiated by SPI more than 25 years ago in the U.S. Basically, it is a volunteer program whereby a pellet “consumer”—be it a processor, compounder, or materials supplier—pledges toward working to keep pellets from making their way into local waterways, lakes or the ocean. SPI helps the pledging company improve its housekeeping by offering guidance, tips and tools on the Operation Clean Sweep website. At no charge.

All good stuff. But I got a little disappointed to learn that fewer than 200 processors have actually participated in Operation Clean Sweep since it was launched in the U.S..  To me, every pellet is precious, not only for environmental reasons but for productivity reasons as well. Is a pellet worth more in a hopper or on a beach?

Granted, quite a few U.S. processors run pristine operations all on their own. But for those who don’t, this is a valuable resource that has been overlooked for too long.

So I urge you to check out the website.

In addition to the U.S. and Canada, Operation Clean Sweep Programs are also in place in the U.K. and New Zealand.


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