Operation Clean Sweep

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.

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

Polyoak Packaging was the first Plastics Manufacturer to sign the Pledge to prevent pellet loss.  On the 25th February 2019, Producer Responsibility Organisations got together in Cape Town, to sign the Operation Clean Sweep Pledge committing to play their part in preventing pellets from reaching the waterways and oceans.  Leaders of PETCO, POLYCO, The Polystyrene Association of SA and SAVA pledged to ​introduce to their stakeholders and members, training, information and mechanisms that will keep pellets where they belong - in the factory.

​Mandy Naude, POLYCO; Cheri Scholtz, PETCO, Adri Spangenberg, PASA with Douw Steyn and Anton Hanekom of Plastics SA.

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

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.  Download the ​manual and poster below for your ​manufacturing environment.

Feel free to make use of these documents, posters and manual in your factory.  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.