We are a pledged partner of Operation Clean Sweep ® (OCS) and a committed Operation Clean Sweep ® Blue Member. OCS is a program designed to prevent pellet, flake and powder loss to the marine environment. Operation Clean Sweep ® Blue is an enhanced commitment which includes external reporting of unrecovered plastic releases to the environment. Our plastics manufacturing and logistics facilities around the world are engaged in this important initiative and each facility has completed a gap assessment to identify and eliminate pellet loss. We are committed to educating employees, partners and customers on the awareness and accountability for pellet loss prevention, containment and clean-up. While we are adopting OCS practices across our manufacturing sites, we are also extending this program to our external manufacturers and logistics service providers. In addition, we are sharing solutions that have helped us contain pellets with our customers and others in the value chain.
As an Operation Clean Sweep ® Blue member, and to increase our transparency and share best practices, Dow will annually report the number and volume of incidents of any unrecovered release of plastic to outside of Dow facilities that are greater than 0.5kg per incident. New global reporting requirements were launched on January 1, 2020, and the reporting data for external releases will be available in the annual sustainability report. Internal reporting requirements were also sharpened to capture data for near misses and loss of containment within facilities.
Since the launch of the global reporting requirements at the beginning of 2020, there have been zero incidents that resulted in unrecovered releases of more than 0.5 kg to outside Dow facilities.