Litter Hotspots: Operation Clean Sweep
Tangaroa Blue Foundation
Tangaroa Blue Foundation's Operation Clean Sweep was an industry engagement program focused on reducing plastic resin pellet pollution in Port Phillip Bay. Tangaroa Blue worked with the plastics industry, bayside councils Kingston and Wyndham, the Western Region Environment Centre and Werribee River Association to pilot an industry engagement program.
Key achievements from this project included:
- a successful implementation of Operation Clean Sweep in Australia
- a number of plastics manufacturing companies implementing the Operation Clean Sweep program
- data and mapping of plastic resin pollution across metropolitan Melbourne.
This report was written by the Tangaroa Blue Foundation as part of their Litter Hotspots funded project 'Operation Clean Sweep'. The report highlights the work undertaken with industry, including the Plastics and Chemicals Industries Association (PACIA) to reduce plastic resin pollution entering Port Phillip Bay.
Case study: Engaging industry Case Study 1.6 MB
This case study examines how Tangaroa Blue's Operation Clean Sweep project targeted plastic pellet pollution in the Yarra River and Port Phillip Bay.
The 'Operation Clean Sweep' program manual contains guidelines to help plastics industry operations managers reduce the accidental loss of pellets from all parts of the plastics value-chain into the environment.
The Plastic Resin Pellet (PRP) rating tool is a visual assessment tool for PRP pollution. It is designed to make data collection at factory sites efficient, easy and comparable.
These 'Operation Clean Sweep' advertisements were featured in plastic industry magazines, and were designed to encourage plastic manufacturers to sign up for the program.
Last updated: 20/05/2020