Sustainability

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      Plastic Recycling Week Shares Innovations & Achievements

      November 14 through 18 of 2022 marked the first official Plastic Recycling Week social media campaign to provide education about the current rate of plastic recycling and the efforts being made to increase it. PLASTICS' Recycling Committee identified 5 main topic areas to post about, rallying plastic equipment and material suppliers, processors, brands, and consumers to share what they are currently doing to help achieve progress in plastic recycling. 
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      Operation Clean Sweep: Growing Larger and Stronger

      Operation Clean Sweep (OCS) is an initiative founded by PLASTICS to empower companies committed to zero resin loss in operations and provide those companies with resources to support secure management of plastic resin. The program is operated by PLASTICS in partnership with the American Chemistry Council’s (ACC) Plastics Division. The industry-led program gathered its OCSblue members in Houston on November 2nd, 2022 to chart the program’s expansion through 2023 and beyond.
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      A Look Back at Bioplastics Week 2022

      Another one for the books – our Bioplastics Week 2022 social media campaign was a great success! Our goal each year is to provide a variety of educational information about bioplastics to those both within and outside our immediate audience of PLASTICS members. With 5 non-member organizations directly involved in sharing the #BioplasticsWeek hashtag in their posts, and the 13 informative video interviews we posted, Bioplastics Week content was able to be seen by 2 million individuals. Here's just a snippet of what they saw...
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      A Look at PLASTICS Recycling Open House 2022

      PLASTICS recently hosted a compelling annual, open-to-the-public virtual event—the PLASTICS Recycling Open House. Eight organizations joined PLASTICS in sharing their latest initiatives and innovations to improve recycling and recycling rates.
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      Four More Companies Achieve OCS Blue Status

      Operation Clean Sweep (OCS) is an industry-led campaign, dedicated to helping every plastic resin handling operation prevent plastic resin loss. Recently, Quantix SCS, Formosa Plastics Corporation, PSC Group and Sunrise Plastic/Sunrise Services, LLC all met the rigorous standards for elite OCS blue-level membership.
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      Plastic, The Industry, A Sustainability Enabler - Part 3

      The first two parts of this series focused on of how plastic—the material—contributes to the accomplishing the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Plastic products contribute directly to enabling the realization of 10 out of the 17 SDGs; almost 60%. Arguably, plastic materials aid in the realization of the remaining 7 goals as well.
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      Plastic: A Sustainability Enabler — Part 2

      This second article in a three-part series continues the use of the universally agreed upon Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from the United Nations as a framework for offering a clear vision of how impossible it would be to achieve a sustainable future without plastic.
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      Plastic: A Sustainability Enabler – Part 1

      In the first of a three-part blog series, Heather Nortz, PLASTICS' Manager for Sustainability and Materials, discusses how plastics are necessary to achieving the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals.
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      ICMYI: A Successful Debut for #PlasticRecyclingWeek

      The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) is a signatory of the EPA’s America Recycles Pledge, which commits us to “participate in an ongoing dialogue to identify specific actions that we can take collectively with EPA and the other signatories, and within our respective organization, to improve the nation's recycling system.” We are proud to say that one of our newest contributions to this goal is #PlasticRecyclingWeek – a weeklong social media driven event that stimulated meaningful conversation about recycling among over 300,000 participants.