Unintentional loss of plastic pellets occurs at all stages of the value chain such as production, packaging, loading / unloading, transport and conversion and is seen as the second biggest source of micro plastics that harm the environment. From a CSR perspective, CurTec has decided to become a member of Operation Clean Sweep® (OCS) and formally commit itself to further reduce the loss of pellets, flakes and powder to zero.
For more than 25 years the plastics industry has promoted OCS, a campaign dedicated to helping every plastic resin handling operation achieve zero pellet, flake and powder loss. The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) and the American Chemistry Council (ACC) invite companies to support OCS and ensure the principles of stewardship are embraced by everyone handling plastics materials.
OCS operates by monitoring companies’ practices and standards and awarding a blue member plaque to those achieving the required level of commitment. To become a blue member, applicants must conduct employee training on preventing plastic resin loss throughout its operations, establish written procedures, conduct site checks and annually share information on wastage, among many other requirements.
Together with other Dutch plastic converters and through NRK (Dutch Federation of the Rubber and Plastics Industry), CurTec has applied for membership of OCS.
To be continued
Friday March 19, 2021
Today, CurTec, together with other Dutch plastics processing companies, have thoroughly cleaned their outdoor premises during the NRK Site Cleanup Day. The campaign preceded World Cleanup Day, the largest global cleanup of the year, which will take place in September. The goal: to collect and analyze as much litter as possible so that we can better protect our environment against it in the future.
With the current corona measures in mind, some 40 employees inspected the outside area in pairs and cleaned up the litter that was found. Afterwards, the source of the waste was determined. The most common type of waste was plastic grains.
CurTec has been ensuring correct waste collection and processing both inside the premises and outside for many years. Extra measures will now be taken to prevent this litter in the future. Participating in the Site Cleanup Day emanates from the recent membership application for Operation Clean Sweep.