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100th Company Signs up to Industry Environmental Initiative Operation Clean Sweep®

ImerPlast UK are the 100th UK company to sign up to Operation Clean Sweep®, the industry-led programme that aims to ensure that plastic pellets, flakes and powders do not escape into the environment from sites that handle them on a day-to-day basis.

The initiative is run in 34 countries across the globe, with the British Plastics Federation (BPF) running the programme in the UK. The hundredth signatory means that over 230 separate sites within the UK have agreed to follow best practice and take practical measures to ensure plastics raw materials do not escape their facilities. The steady increase in companies signed up to Operation Clean Sweep® over recent months means companies signed up represent nearly half of the material processed in the UK.

Plastics companies are being encouraged by the BPF to sign up to Operation Clean Sweep to demonstrate their commitment to stopping plastic pellets, flakes and powders from entering the marine environment.

ImerPlast Technical Services and Market Development Manager Tarquin Crouch, states:

“ImerPlast is one of the leading recyclers of polyolefins in the UK, with recently upgraded equipment and a range of compatibilised mixed polyolefins for extrusion and injection applications. ImerPlast is committed to environmental protection and signing up to Operation Clean Sweep is the logical next step to our recently awarded EuCertPlas certification.”

BPF Sustainability Executive Helen Jordan states:

“Support for Operation Clean Sweep® has been rapidly growing over the past few years and we are pleased to have reached this important milestone. We urge plastics companies that have not yet signed up to show their commitment to the environment by becoming a signatory. Many companies like ImerPlast UK have assessed their facilities, made any necessary tweaks and educated their staff so that plastic pellets, flakes and powders cannot escape the manufacturing environment. Some are also speaking to their supply chain to get them involved too. The plastics industry has to play its part in ensuring that we improve the environment for future generations — and committing to the principles of Operation Clean Sweep is a fantastic place to start.”

The BPF provides resources to help support companies as they implement the programme. These include case studies, staff engagement posters and a LinkedIn group to share ideas. All companies who handle plastic pellets, flakes and powders within the plastic supply chain can sign up to Operation Clean Sweep®, even if they are not BPF members.

For more information and to sign up visit www.operationcleansweep.co.uk.

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