DuPont investors cast record vote on plastic pellets – USA

DuPont investors cast record vote on plastic pellets – USA

Posted on May 7, 2021 by DrRossH in Plastic Limiting Regulations

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Image: As You Sow

Plastic pellets are the building blocks for nearly all plastic products and, according to As You Sow, are estimated to be the second largest direct source of microplastic pollution to the ocean by weight. 

Once produced by petrochemical companies like DuPont, pellets are transported by rail, ship or road to a second or third destination before being melted into a final product.

It is estimated that throughout the pellet supply chain, an estimated 10 trillion plastic pellets are spilled and unrecovered every year, according to recent figures from ECOS.

DuPont is a member of Operation Clean Sweep, an industry program that has been revealed to be designed largely to fend off regulation, not to ensure compliance nor success. 

Here in Australia,  plastic pellets can be found all around their factories and related water ways all too easily.    And there is no regulation them either.   They need to be reclassed as a ‘Dangerous good” to ensure their proper handling and storage.