For more than 25 years the plastics industry has promoted Operation Clean Sweep (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 take their commitment – an annual pledge committing to OCS principles by plastics companies or plastics employees – to the next level.
OCS blue is a new, data-driven VIP member offering available to current OCS members. The new member level will act as a recognition for companies excelling within the existing program, allowing them to showcase data and basic metrics that will be helpful reporting tools as OCS continues to grow and gain broad industry support.
OCS blue members will receive:
- An OCS blue member plaque
- An advertisement in Plastics News (promoting OCS blue and its members)
- OCS blue logo for use on websites/emails/internal communications
- OCS website recognition
- OCS newsletter recognition
By becoming an OCS blue Member, my organization commits to fulfill the following activities:
o Plan and deliver a briefing on OCS annually to all relevant resin handling employees. (This can be in person, in documentation or electronically. This can also be achieved by directing staff to join one of the OCS meetings or webinars, dates of which will be communicated with the OCS champions.)
o Provide education on the OCS program as part of your company’s new employee onboarding
o Display the OCS plaque, certificate and posters to reinforce the company’s OCS commitment among its employees and business partners
o Review facility housekeeping procedures, with OCS checklists and tools being used as a resource
o Educate your shipping contractors to help them understand the importance of OCS, sharing the OCS transportation brochure
o Annually share with PLASTICS information on your company’s best management practices (BMPs) for implementation of its OCS blue Membership commitments. This information will be used in OCS literature and on the OCS website. (There is no prescribed method of reporting, but all listed OCS champions will be contacted to obtain some information/ content for your company’s website profile and Plastics News recognition. Companies do not need to develop new BMPs each year, but rather confirm or update BMPs provided to PLASTICS.)
o Participate in an OCS event. Event to be an OCS best practices gathering and will be when the company is formally recognized as an OCS Blue Member. (Attendee should be an OCS champion and or corporate representative)
PROGRESS REPORTING METRICS
To achieve OCS blue Membership, companies must share a minimum of one of the following reporting metrics. It is anticipated that metric data provided in this developmental stage will collected for 2 to 3 years, aggregated and will be subject to member’s prior approval before public release. PLASTICS and ACC will apply internal procedures to help maintain the confidentiality of individual data submissions.
Metrics – OCS blue Members will submit data to PLASTICS and ACC regarding the following:
o Amount of resin pellets shipped / received from each facility handling resin pellets
o Data submitted to state regulatory agencies on the amount of pellets lost to the environment due to an accidental release
o Amount of material recovered within a facility handling resin pellets that is recycled
OCS Blue Members
- Shell Chemical Company
- Plastics Plus Technology, Inc.
- Berry Global
- C&G Mercury Plastics