Operation Clean Sweep (OCS) is a global voluntary commitment of the plastics industry and aims at helping all the actors in the plastics industry to implement good housekeeping and containment practices to achieve zero loss of plastic pellets, flakes or powders in the environment.
essenscia and its members in the Port of Antwerp have signed the OCS pledge together with PlasticsEurope Belgium, the Port Authorities, VOKA Alfaport and logistic partners Operation Clean Sweep. All partners are fully engaged to work together to prevent pellet losses at the production site and during storage and transport. Regularly, clean-up actions are organised on the roads in the port area. But even more important, all parties involved are investing on-site in preventive actions, to avoid spills and best practices are shared.
In 2018 essenscia PolyMatters launched a campaign to the plastic converters to also engage in plastic pellet loss prevention. The Operation Clean Sweep guidebook was launched in French, Dutch and English. The OCS guidance offers tools to take actions on proper containment of the plastic pellets.