11 September 2020
PD Ports was the first UK port operator to sign up to Operation Clean Sweep. The project, run in the UK by the British Plastics Federation (BPF), introduces measures to keep plastic ‘nurdles’ safely away from rivers and seas. Operation Clean Sweep is already implemented across the UK in over 250 sites, which up until now have largely been plastics manufacturing plants.
However, the recent announcement represents an important shift, incorporating other companies who handle these materials along the supply chain – ensuring plastics are handled responsibly during transportation. Operation Clean Sweep aims to ensure that plastic pellets, flakes and powders that pass through manufacturing facilities in the UK are handled with the care they deserve. By signing up to Operation Clean Sweep, companies make a commitment to adhere to best practice and implement systems to prevent plastic pellet loss, to play their part to protect and preserve the aquatic environment.