Pellet Management

Chevron Phillips Chemical Company recognizes that plastics are a part of the sustainable solution, however, plastic pellets, powder and flakes in the environment are a critical issue. If not handled properly, spilled pellets can end up in local waterways and eventually the ocean where they can pose a risk to marine life. The company recognizes the importance of taking measures to help ensure these valuable resources  do not end up in the environment. The company realizes that customers and service providers play a key role in ensuring that plastics are not lost to the environment. As part of our enhanced commitment, we are dedicated to increasing our involvement with our supply chain on ensuring that valuable plastic materials are kept where they belong. Learn more about what Chevron Phillips Chemical Company is doing to eliminate pellet and flake loss to the environment.   

Chevron Phillips Chemical pledges Operation Clean Sweep® Blue

On April 3, 2019, Chevron Phillips Chemical announced it is enhancing sustainability efforts to eliminate plastic pellet spills by becoming a member of Operation Clean Sweep® Blue (OCS® Blue). OCS® is a product stewardship program of the American Chemistry Council’s Plastics Division and Plastics Industry Association with the goal of achieving zero pellet and flake loss to the environment. OCS Blue represents an even more rigorous commitment than OCS, which the company has been a member of since its inception in 2000. Learn more about Operation Clean Sweep here.

What are we doing differently with our commitment?

Chevron Phillips Chemical Company operates 4 plastic production facilities in the United States in Pasadena, Baytown, Orange and Old Ocean, Texas. As part of our commitment to transparently communicate our pellet management practices, the company has elected to publicly share data on production capacities, pellet recycling efforts and pellet releases. 
 
 
Visit our 2018 Sustainability Report to learn more about our performance last year.
 
Considering OCS has been in our company for more than 20 years, it has become part of our operating philosophy. As part of our commitment to OCS Blue, we are taking our practices to a new level to ensure that pellets and flake are not lost to the environment. Here are some key changes we are making through our enhanced program:
 
  1. Publicly reporting on pellet releases and the amount of resin recovered and recycled from our facilities
  2. Deploying pellet and flake best practice teams to identify opportunities for continuous improvement
  3. Embedding specific pellet management language into our Operational Excellence documents
  4. Development OCS-specific training materials for employees and contractors working in our plastic production and handling facilities
  5. Performance of regular site assessments to ensure effectiveness of pellet and flake management programs
  

Engaging our Supply Chain​

The largest volume of Chevron Phillips’ plastic pellet product is shipped to our customers via rail in hopper cars. The company may also ship product in bulk trucks, sea bulk containers ,Gaylord boxes or 25kg bags. We encourage our customers and service providers to demonstrate pellet management practices that ensure zero pellet loss to the environment. Below are examples of our actions with our supply chain:
 
  • Placing OCS tip stickers on railcars that inform customers and service providers of pellet management best practices.
  • Embedding pellet management practices into warehouse contracts to require participation in industry pellet management programs  like OCS.
  • Including of pellet management questions in our audit protocol of the warehouses and terminals where we operate.
  • Informing customers about Operation Clean Sweep and pellet management best practices. To see some of our company's pellet management best practices, visit this page.
  • Encouraging other member companies to pledge OCS Blue via the OCS Newsletter.
  • Participating in an OCS video for plastics.

 

Watch now: Operation Clean Sweep - Prevent Material Loss



“Simply put, plastics should not end up in unintended places in our environment. We are very proud of our track record and commitment to sustainability programs. We are always seeking ways to improve our results and joining Operation Clean Sweep Blue is yet another significant step as our company and our industry work to eliminate plastic waste from finding its way into unintended places. We are pleased that the procedures and safeguards we have put into place at all facilities are working effectively to minimize and eliminate pellet spills and are confident that the numbers reported in our sustainability report will confirm the success of these initiatives.”

- Jim Becker, vice president of polymers and sustainability