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The companies that have signed the pledge to date include petrochemical producers, logistics service providers, and one converter

Operation Clean Sweep®, a global initiative to reduce plastic pellet, flake and powder loss to the environment, has gained significant momentum since its adoption in the Arabian Gulf by GPCA by attracting a number of new members from across the value chain, including petrochemical producing companies, logistics service providers, and the conversion sector.

The Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA), the voice of the chemical industry in the Arabian Gulf, adopted the new initiative for members in September 2020, with the objective to improve sustainability and best environmental practices at plastic manufacturing and logistics operations in the GCC.

Since then, 10 companies have signed the pledge, including Sadara Chemical Company, S-Chem, Q-Chem, Natpet, RSA-TALKE, S.A. TALKE, Almajdouie & de Rijke, Aljabr – TALKE & Co., Alfred Talke Logistic Services and Ingenia Polymers Corp.

Practiced in over 60 countries and thousands of plants around the world, Operation Clean Sweep (OCS) arrived in the region to enable good housekeeping and pellet containment practices at plastic resin handling operations. The global initiative is aimed at ultimately achieving zero pellet, flake, and powder loss and contributing to global efforts by plastic producers today to protect the environment and minimize their environmental footprint.

The initiative is of great significance for the region, as Arabian Gulf plastic producers manufacture 32.3 million metric tons of polymers1 annually. Pellet, flake, and powder loss is a growing problem, which can have an economic and business cost in the tune of USD 1.5 billion every year[1] excluding environmental and reputational damage among local communities.

OCS is a product stewardship program of the American Chemistry Council’s Plastics Division and Plastics Industry Association in the US. It is aligned with GPCA’s commitment to the Declaration of the Global Plastics Associations for Solutions on Marine Litter, specifically focusing on area #6 – “to address marine litter at the source through plastic pellet containment”.

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[1] Source: Reusable Packaging Forum, Chicago (2015) *Figures refer to plastic pallet and container loss within the U.S.