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Eurocell signs up to Operation Clean Sweep

We’re pleased to announce that, as the UK’s leading manufacturer, distributor and recycler of window, door, conservatory and roofline products, we’ve joined Operation Clean Sweep®. This is the global initiative from the plastics industry to reduce plastic pellet loss to the environment, led by the British Plastics Federation in the UK. The aim is to ensure that the plastic pellets, flakes and powders that pass through UK manufacturing facilities don’t end up in our rivers or seas.

As Product Manager Ian Kernaghan says, this is in line with our whole approach to the environment. “Eurocell already complies with rigorous BSI environmental standards such as ISO 14001, to reduce the environmental impact of our processes, practising effective housekeeping, having accessible clean up system equipment and securely containing materials and recyclables”, he says.

By signing up to Operation Clean Sweep®, we’re committed to best practice and to implement systems that prevent plastic pellet loss — and that we will play our part in protecting the aquatic environment. What that means is reducing – if not removing – the risk of ‘microbead’-type material finding its way into rivers and streams.

The culprits?

The largest culprits until recently – when microbeads were banned – were consumer products like body scrubs and toothpastes. We don’t want to join that list of shame – even inadvertently, through particulate matter from our factories – hence our taking formal steps now to reinforce what has always been a rigours internal approach to waste control.

“We’re always looking to improve and Operation Clean Sweep gives us the opportunity to ensure the effectiveness of the systems we have in place for pellet storage and handling. Our goal is to achieve zero pellet loss and, while this may seem an ambitious target, we believe it is possible through containment and the implementation of good housekeeping practices”, Ian adds.

“By signing up to Operation Clean Sweep, Eurocell is taking the first step in ensuring that the plastic materials that pass through our facilities are handled carefully and don’t end up in the streams, waterways and seas around the UK.”

Now that we have signed up to Operation Clean Sweep®, we will issue checklists to management and employees and use presentation slides from the BPF to educate our team in containing pellets and cleaning up spills quickly. 

Committed to reducing plastic pellet losses

Helen Jordan, the Sustainability Issues Executive at the BPF comments: “The plastic industry is committed to reducing plastic pellet losses to the Environment and Operation Clean Sweep® provides the practical tools companies need to do this. Many of the industry already have Environmental Management Systems in place but Operation Clean Sweep® provides an additional emphasis for the company on plastic pellet containment”.

The Operation Clean Sweep® Plastic Pellet Loss Prevention Manual contains best practice for the whole of the plastics industry on how to contain plastic pellets, flakes and powders. The manual provides information on conducting site audits, setting up training programmes, worksite setup and procedures to contain and clean up pellets.

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