At Sinox Polymers we are OBP certified by Zero Plastic Oceans and Control Union. Certification is always valid for exactly one year, after which a new audit is required.
We can offer you HDPE, LDPE, LLDPE, PP, PET and PC pellets and regrind with Ocean Bound Plastic certification. Contact us today and we will be happy to inform you about our environmentally friendly recyclates.
Learn more about Ocean Bound Plastic and the Zero Plastic Oceans certification here.
From problem to solution: how companies can tackle ocean pollution with Ocean Bound Plastic recyclates
Plastic pollution of the oceans is a global problem that has been around for decades. Millions of tonnes of plastic waste enter the oceans every year, threatening not only the lives of fish, but also the health and livelihoods of billions of people. Part of this plastic pollution consists of Ocean Bound Plastic (OBP) - plastic waste that is located near coasts and estuaries and can potentially end up in the sea. Ocean Bound Plastic should not be confused with the marine plastic that has already accumulated in the oceans.
There are a variety of measures that can be taken against ocean pollution. These range from improving waste disposal and collection in countries, to promoting recycling and environmentally friendly packaging, to international efforts to reduce plastic pollution of the oceans.
Ocean Bound Plastic Certification
Companies have a special responsibility to support environmentally friendly practices and measures to reduce plastic pollution in the oceans. One excellent way to do this is through the use of OBP-certified pellets.
What is Ocean Bound Plastic?
The certifier Zero Plastic Oceans uses the following definition for Ocean Bound Plastic: OBP is "abandoned plastic waste" (microplastics, mezzo-plastics and macroplastics) located within 50 km of the coast where waste management is non-existent or inefficient. If the plastic waste is already in a landfill or managed disposal site, it is not considered OBP. However, if this waste is deposited in an uncontrolled or informal landfill, it is considered OBP waste.
From this definition, the certifier has developed four different categories for OBP waste. "Potential OBP", that consists of inadequately collected plastic waste within 50 km of the coastline. "Waterways OBP", plastic waste located no more than 200 m away from rivers or in rivers. "Shoreline OBP", which is located a maximum of 200 m from the shoreline and "Fishing Material", which consists of used fishing nets and plastic by-catch.
What does Ocean Bound Plastic OBP certified mean?
OBP certification from Zero Plastic Oceans certifies that OBP plastic waste is collected appropriately and ethically, is handled responsibly after collection, and the supply chain is traceable from OBP waste to final product.
The certification is divided into two subcategories: the Ocean Bound Plastic Recycling certification subprogram and the Ocean Bound Plastic Neutrality certification subprogram. The former is aimed at companies that focus on commercially recyclable OBP. It is designed to certify that OBP waste is ethically transformed into new products. The second is aimed at organisations that work with non-commercially recyclable OBP. This certification is intended to certify that OBP waste is collected and removed ethically and that the associated OBP credits are fully verified and traceable. This ensures that OBP offsetting has actually taken place.
What standards does Ocean Bound Plastic OBP certification guarantee for commercially viable OBP?
The certification guarantees compliance with social, environmental, quality and traceability criteria. Among them are the following:
- no child labour
- fair working conditions
- fair payment for waste collectors
- adequate waste management
- existence of a quality management system
- compliance with the criteria for the collection of OBP from the first collection stage onwards
- traceability of OBP throughout its journey
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