Operation Clean Sweep (OCS) is an international initiative led by the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) and The Plastics Division of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) aimed at reducing the loss of plastic pellets, flakes, and powders into the environment. It sets forth management system requirements covering all stages of the plastic value chain, including manufacturing, compounding, transportation, and logistics. By signing up to the program, companies commit to implementing systems to prevent plastic pellet loss and protect the aquatic environment.
The OCS certification scheme defines best practices to prevent plastic pellet loss, providing companies with verifiable commitments to ensure zero plastic pellet loss
Benefits of OCS Certification:
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What are the requirements for OCS certification?
Companies seeking certification for the Operation Clean Sweep need to follow the standard outlines which involves five core requirements:
Who can be certified to the Operation Clean Sweep Standard?
Unintentional loss of plastic pellets, flakes and powders can occur at all stages along the value chain. Therefore, the Operation Clean Sweep standard was developed to tackle pellet loss across the entire supply chain. The standard is applicable to all pellet-handling facilities. This includes manufacturing, compounding, master batching and converting of plastics, but also transportation and logistics.
Why do we need a certification standard for pellet loss prevention?
Pellets are the second largest direct source of primary microplastic pollution worldwide and a significant contributor to upstream plastic pollution. Annually, more than 445,000 tonnes of pellets escape from the global plastic supply chain, directly impacting the environment. Operation Clean Sweep (OCS) is the plastics industry's response to public concerns regarding plastic pollution in marine environments. Through the OCS certification program, the industry has established best practices to mitigate pellet loss and contributes to the ultimate goal of ensuring zero pellet loss throughout the plastics supply chain.
What is the cost of OCS Certification?
Obtaining Operation Clean Sweep (OCS) certification is cost-free.
Why AIPMA is the preferred partner for OCS Certification?
Renewal of Certificate
Every two years the OCS certificate needs renewal.