Operation Clean Sweep®

The Value of Operation Clean Sweep® (OCS)

In April 2019 the Alberta Plastics Recycling Association (APRA) Board of Directors set a guideline for its members to sign and adopt OPERATION CLEAN SWEEP ® (OCS) by 2022. OCS is a free program that provides information and a best-practice guide for pellet and flake containment. Companies become OCS signatories and are then expected to implement a plastic-loss management plan throughout their operations and with all employees. 

There are two types of OCS signatories:

  • The Partner Pledge: for companies that have plastics onsite.
  • The Supporter Pledge: For organizations that don’t deal directly with plastics, the role is defined as committing to educate and share OCS resources with others. APRA has signed up to be an OCS Supporter.

Visit www.plastics.ca/ocs to take the pledge and demonstrate your commitment to a clean environment. The OCS website features resources on program implementation manuals, employee education, procedures and best-practices.

This video also has more information about the OCS process: 

Contact APRA with any questions or for assistance with OCS implementation.

Plastics in the Environment

Zero Pellet, Flake, and Powder Loss is a priority for the plastics industry—and a critical issue for our environment. Spilled pellets, flakes, and powder can make their ways can make their way into local waterways and ultimately estuaries and the ocean. This isn’t just an eyesore and a litter issue; pellets, flakes, and powder, if accidentally mistaken for food by birds or marine animals, could harm them. That’s why the industry is behind Zero Pellet, Flake, and Powder Loss—and it can only be achieved with your help. The OCS Program was created to help you protect the environment and keep it clean.