Most plastic consumer products are made from small plastic pellets the size of a small sunflower seed (without the shell). Plastic makers have developed an innovative program called “Operation Clean Sweep” to help keep these pellets where they belong – in factories, trucks and railcars and out of the natural environment.

Operation Clean Sweep® is an international program designed to prevent resin pellet, flake, and powder loss and help keep this material out of the marine environment.

Every segment of the plastics industry has a role to play—including resin producers, transporters, bulk terminal operators, recyclers and plastics processors—by implementing good housekeeping and pellet, flake, and powder containment practices.

THE GOAL: achieving zero pellet, flake, and powder loss.

The Declaration of the Global Plastics Associations for Solutions on Marine Litter, launched in March 2011, is a global declaration and public commitment made by the international plastics community to address the issue of plastics in the marine environment, which includes Operation Clean Sweep.

Plastics|SA hosted the second African Marine Debris Summit in Cape Town in 2016, during which the formation of an African Marine Waste Network on marine debris was facilitated that ties into this global management of marine debris.

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The Operation Clean Sweep Programme South Africa  was launched on Thursday, 8 June 2017 at Ushaka World, Durban during World Oceans Day Celebrations.