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BPF helps to prevent plastic pollution on beaches

The British Plastics Federation has launched a guidance manual to help reduce the amount of plastic pellets polluting beaches.

The manual called Operation Clean Sweep Plastic Pellet Loss Prevention will provide factories and plants with information on how to prevent plastics polluting the environment.

Although it is not completely clear how the pellets reach the beaches, pellet loss can occur if they are washed down drains or lost in transportation.

BPF president Paul Jukes said: Losing plastic pellets is bad for the environment, bad housekeeping and doesnt make economic sense. We must all do our bit to prevent this happening.

I would ask all plastic companies to read the manual and then sign the company pledge and return it to us. By signing the pledge they are agreeing to implement measures to achieve zero pellet loss.

The problem came to light when environmental group Surfers Against Sewage alerted BPF to large amounts of pellets being found on Porthtowan Beach in Cornwall.

Surfers Against Sewage campaign manager Andy Cummins said: After SAS highlighted the problem of mermaids tears on beaches we were impressed with the BPFs determination to find a solution. Operation Clean Sweep can help factories all over the UK protect the environment and their profit margins.

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