Feb 6, 2020 | 1 min read
There is growing public concern about plastics entering the environment. Most of the plastic found originates from carelessly discarded bottles and packaging, but some are resin pellets from the manufacturing industry.
As part of the plastics industry, it is our responsibility to prevent the plastic pellets we use in our processes from ending up in waterways. Pellet and other plastic particle spills can happen at all stages along the pipe production process, including unloading, recycling and manufacturing.
To stop the loss of plastic into the environment, Plastics Europe, a European association of plastics manufacturers, created the Zero Pellet Loss initiative. In 2015, this initiative was united with the global Operation Clean Sweep® program. Plastics Europe is the principal host of Operation Clean Sweep® in Europe and is coordinating its implementation by actively encouraging companies and other associations to join through extensive promotion of the initiative.
There are several steps to preventing the release of plastic pellets to the environment. One of them is to install filters in manholes and stormwater drains. Some of our production sites already have these screens in place. However, ALL Pipelife businesses have committed to the installation of filters during 2020. The designs have been shared across the group. The installation of drain filters is a relatively simple but effective solution and represents a step into the right direction.
It is important to identify all sources of plastic pellet or particle loss and to find a matching solution. We also make sure that all staff is educated about the issue and actively takes part in the prevention of spills.